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Postscript

Here’s another Spider this magazine just loves: Warren Chappell. The name probably doesn’t sound familiar — he was a 1926 grad who went on to a prolific career in illustration and book design with Alfred A. Knopf.

He also designed a typeface he named for his wife and college sweetheart, Lydia Hatfield Chappell, W’28. That typeface, Lydian, once graced this magazine as headline type from the early 1940s until the late 1960s, and it was used for The Lucille Ball Show and the closing credits of Friends. Most importantly, it’s back home at Richmond. Lydian is one of many typefaces recently donated to Boatwright for a book arts program that is quickly taking shape thanks to the generous gifts of a 1906 letterpress and a book bindery.

“What was a five-year plan quickly became a five-month plan,” says Lynda Kachurek, head of special collections. This fall, the first class will start learning the old ways of movable typesetting and letterpress. To mark that occasion, above is a brief lesson in typography that shows the practical steps they'll be learning. Where their imaginations take it is up to them.

Thanks to Paul Morris of the Benjamin Franklin Printing Co. and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for his tutelage in operating the press; and Betty Dickie, W’76 and G’77, and Lynda Kachurek, both in special collections at Boatwright Memorial Library, for facilitating the creation of this piece.