BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE
I LANSTON TYPE COMPANY I GERALD GIAMPA I
¶ FRONT DOOR of my first commercial premises in Lynn Valley were I became well known by locals. Not necessarily for good things.
Al Ginsberg, poet and author of 'Howl' visited me in this tiny shop.
Originally these premises were those of 'Mountain Press', owned by a Swiss immigrant printer, Nick Schwabe.
When I was young I would press my nose against the window and watch Nick Schwabe's Heidelberg lofting sheets of paper back and forth through its iron jaws. Nick's shop moved and was renamed 'Main Blueprinters'.
Nick was a highly trained volume and quality focused machine. His typographical aesthetics had heavy "Swiss Style" leanings. On occasions, however, Nick would design and print classical masterpieces. His family owned a large and prosperous printing and publishing plant in Switzerland. This firm printed many works designed by Jan Tschichold.
Nick was very interested in mountaineering and later hang-gliding.
Renting these premises made me the third printer to occupy the same shop.
1305 Lynn Valley Road was a virtual incubation laboratory for my future typographical works. The low overhead allowed me the luxury of experimentation.
I renamed my shop 'Cobblestone Press' and moved it to a house I had purchased on Maginnis Avenue. And yes, I had come to enjoy a measure of financial success.
Yawn, just another thing to brag about.
PUBLISHED WHAT I LIKED, & DAM LITTLE OF THAT
¶ AL GINSBERG, POET crossed the threshold and gave a private reading of Howl to a very small gathering of friends. One considerable benefit when publishing books is you get to meet, at least I did, some very important figures in the literary world.
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