Last month, I was visiting my daughter and husband in San Francisco. On the 23rd, I took the train south to Sunnyvale. There, Dave Tribby met me and treated me to some superb BBQ. He then gave me a tour (yes, the word is apt) of his wonderful print shop and AJ archive. Now, I have about 40 square feet in the unheated garage for my shop. Dave has hundreds of square feet inside! He showed me the nice, clean Golding jobber and his Vandercook. I was in awe.
Dave has hundreds of fonts of type that he has collected. Some are housed in gorgeous oak cabinets. Here’s a photo:
See the racks angled above the cabinets – those are shiny spaces and quads aligned by point size and width. Perfectly. I now feel guilty when I distribute forms if I jumble the quads in the case…
Dave also has a meticulous cross-referenced filing system for his collection of AJ journals and ephemera. He is a serious and dedicated amateur journalist, printer and collector. And a heckuva good fellow. Thank you, Dave for a most enjoyable – albeit humbling – visit! - Peter
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