Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Historical Print Collectors Society

This post concerns an organization which anyone interested in the subject of this blog should be a member of, viz. the American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS). The AHPCS is a group of collectors, dealers, academics, and institutional members who share an interest in historical American prints that are 100 years old or more. The society is dedicated to encouraging the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of such prints.

The AHPCS was founded in 1975 and currently has over 450 members. Members are able to share their interests with others at occasional events and at an annual meeting held in different cities around the country. While these events can be fun and educational, membership in the AHPCS is very worthwhile even for someone who cannot attend the events because of the excellent publications produced by the society. A quarterly newsletter contains short articles and lists of events and such, and each member receives a yearly membership directory. The crowning jewel of the AHPCS, however, is the biannual magazine Imprint, a scholarly journal which contains excellent articles on a wide variety of topics, as well as book reviews on print references.

The AHPCS would like its membership to grow, and certainly anyone interested in antique prints will get great value from a membership. I strongly encourage everyone who is not already a member to sign up. You can find out more about the AHPCS on their web site at Sign up now and you can attend the next annual meeting, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 14 to 16. I plan to attend and I hope I'll see you there.


  1. I have a Bernard Gantner "Pasture's Edge". What can anyone tell me about this? It is an original limited edition 115/175 signed in pencil, matted and framed which seems to be original framing.

  2. I have a book of engravings by J.J. Huyot titled 'Shakespeare Gallery: Romeo and Juliet art by Michael Andriolli. Can anyone tell me more about this book?

  3. I have a Houston Post original 1949 newspaper full newspaper it says Third Edition 3 star Edition and inside it has a photo of Joe DiMaggio when he played with the New York Yankees and Henry Kendrick and it is in a leather case that opens up from bottom to top and in the front of the case it says the Houston Post in gold the photo is of three ball players baseball players of that time and I bought it at an antique store and I need to know what the worth is because I want to auction It Off.