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Old 02-07-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default St. Bride Library in peril

I am late in mentioning this, but the renowned St. Bride Printing Library in London is in financial trouble. It needs serious refurbishing, to the tune of 7 mllion pounds.

We all benefit from the existence of this place, which maintains a priceless repository of printing lore, on (from the brochure): “paper and binding; graphic design, typography, typefaces, and calligraphy; illustration and printmaking; publishing and bookselling; and the social and economic side of printing and its allied trades.”

It sponsors lectures and other events. Two coming up are “Typography: Alan Kitching at St. Bride Library” (February 13, 7 p.m.) and “The Second Annual Justin Howes Memorial Lecture” (February 20, 7 p.m.). And it has an acclaimed annual conference.

Anyone can support the Library. Become a Friend for £30/year, and get a discount admission to lectures and the conference, receive Ultrabold, a journal. Or you can contribute more under a variety of annual and monthly schemes.

You may never get a chance to visit, but it is worth contributing just to keep the place alive.

Join the Friends of the St. Bride Library, and do a good deed for the entire world. (I joined — it is easy on-line, using pounds, U.S. dollars, or euros.)

   
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I made a small donation. Every $ counts.

It seems they are on or near Fleet Street, a very appropriate location.
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I made a small donation. Every $ counts.

It seems they are on or near Fleet Street, a very appropriate location.
Oh, good. Yes, it is appropriate, isn’t it?

   
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It seems they are on or near Fleet Street, a very appropriate location.
I found an article on St Bride Library — St Bride: A Typographic House of Worship on FontHaus’s x-height site. It was written in 1999, at the start of the current fiscal crisis, and some of the e-mail addresses are out of date.

But it tells the fascinating history of the institution.

   
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A BBC news story about the state of the St Bride Printing Library and its fund-raising campaign.

   
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An update: I just received my copy of Ultrabold No. 1, marked Autumn 2006, which encourages me to think that may be at least a couple more issues this year.

It is quite well done. Carries a lot of ads, but they are generally relevant and not too obtrusive.

Several articles:
  • “The street typography and signage of Budapest”
  • “The distaff side: women as printers”
  • “Caslon’s Etruscan punches: A gem from the collection”
  • “Font Open House: Four foundries tempt you with their wares”
  • “Graffiti: overground archaeology or environmental crime”
  • and more.
Rather varied and substantial for a small (44-page) journal.

Anyone can support the Library. Become a Friend for £30/year, and get a discount admission to lectures and the conference and receive Ultrabold![/quote]

   
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I paid $100, and then got into a bit of a panic when I got my credit card statement, because I didn't recognise the source of the debit.

   
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I paid $100, and then got into a bit of a panic when I got my credit card statement, because I didn't recognise the source of the debit.
Yes, they do not give a very clear identity. I recognized them by the amount.

Did you get the journal?

   
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Yes, they do not give a very clear identity. I recognized them by the amount.

Did you get the journal?
No, but then it would take a lot longer to get here...

   
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