San Francisco Public Library

Celebrating Letterpress, Valentines, & the PPIE

2:00 - 4:00

Main Library

San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space - 6th Floor

100 Larkin St.

The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center presents the 4th Annual Valentine Broadside Printing Event on Saturday, February 14th, 2-4pm, in the San Francisco History Center, on the 6th Floor of the Main Library.

You are invited to experience letterpress printing on the library’s 1909 Albion handpress and take home a unique keepsake for your sweetheart. Our co-sponsors, the American Printing History Association’s NorCal Chapter, will provide the printing expertise.

We’ll be printing an image which celebrates both Valentine’s Day and the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). This broadside features an image from the PPIE which was held here in San Francisco, from February 20-December 4, 1915, to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and San Francisco’s remarkable recovery from the earthquake and fire of 1906. To mark the centennial of this historic event, San Francisco Public Library joins dozens of San Francisco Bay Area cultural institutions, organizations, and individuals in hosting events and exhibits throughout 2015. Everyone is invited to the Community Day kick-off event at the Palace of Fine Arts, on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.You can find out more about all the PPIE Centennial activities by visiting the website at

Join us here at the library, on February 14th to see the library’s PPIE-inspired valentine and print a broadside for someone special. Everyone is welcome but broadsides are limited to the first 100 people.

Here's a peek at the fun we had last year.


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