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Title: Kistler Printing and Lithography Collection, 1922-1975Save to your list.

ID: SC/KPL

Primary Creator: Kistler, William A.

Extent: 2.39 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Print Jobs, 1922-1971

    Subseries A: General, 1924-1965

    Subseries B: Books, 1925-1928, 1938, 1946

    Subseries C: Cards, 1930, 1950, 1971

    Subseries D: Catalogs, Programs, and Exhibitions, 1948-1968

    Subseries E: Multiple Print Jobs for the Same Firm, 1922-1971

Series II: Printing Materials, 1975

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Kistler Printing and Lithography, Lithographers - California - Los Angeles, Lithography - California - Los Angeles - 20th century

Forms of Material: Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

William A. Kistler established a printing business in Los Angeles in 1910. After World War I he purchased a lithography firm where both he and his son practiced lithography for several years. The collection contains the commercial work of Kistler Printing and Lithography from the 1920s to 1970s, including proof sheets and paste-ups from Fifty Photographs (1947), First Penthouse Dwellers of America (1938), and Dance Memoranda (1946).

Biographical Note

William A. Kistler established a printing business in Los Angeles in 1910. After World War I he purchased a lithography firm. His son, Lynton Kistler (1897-1993), learned offset lithography there in the late 1920s, and also began working on lithographic stones. He was one of a few local printers who became proficient with this process. Merle Armitage and Jean Charlot were his first customers. In 1932 Kistler printed Armitage’s The Work of Maier-Krieg (NB 588 M25 A7) using the offset process. Vernon Grant’s graphic art appears on several advertisements for the company during the 1930s.

In 1936, William Kistler sold his business, but Lynton continued making lithographs out of his garage studio. After briefly opening his own business, he moved to New York in 1941 where he worked in the printing trade. While working for Blanchard Press in New York he published a pamphlet on airplane profile recognition. On returning to Los Angeles in 1945, he resumed working on projects for Merle Armitage who brought him more work from other artists such as Edward Weston, Millard Sheets, and Warren Newcombe and his wife Beatrice Wood.

Kistler stopped making lithographs in 1952 because of an allergic reaction he developed to the acids used in lithography, and the expense of working on stone. He turned to more commercial printing and purchased a plant at 1653 West Temple Street in Los Angeles. The business prospered and his financial situation improved. In 1970, he sold this plant to purchase a larger facility at Washington and Normandie Boulevards. He sold the business in 1976 and retired from commercial printing.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kistler Printing and Lithography Collection contains the commercial work of Kistler Printing and Lithography from the 1920s to the mid-1970s. Notable contents includes proof sheets and paste-ups from Fifty Photographs (1947), First Penthouse Dwellers of America (1938), and Dance Memoranda (1946) that Lynton Kistler produced with Merle Armitage, as well as eight lithographs he made for artists. The collection has been divided into two main series: Print Jobs (1922-1971) and Printing Materials (1975).

Series I, Print Jobs, consists of five subseries arranged by print jobs or genre. Subseries A, General (1924-1965), Books (1925-1928, 1938, 1946), Cards (1930, 1950, 1971), Catalogs, Programs, and Exhibitions (1948-1968), and Multiple Print Jobs for the Same Firm (1922-1971. The roman number-Arabic number following the title is penciled on the piece and likely refers to the exhibition order since many of these pieces were displayed in 1975. Materials are filed alphabetically within each subseries.

Series II, Printing Materials, contains printing plates, a paper sampler, and a small amount of manuscript material. Posters and other large flat works are organized in a flat file drawer.

Subject/Index Terms

Kistler Printing and Lithography
Lithographers - California - Los Angeles
Lithography - California - Los Angeles - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 1976

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Carl Haverlin

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Tony Gardner

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012


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Series I: Print Jobs, 1922-1971Save to your list.
Subseries A: General, 1924-1965Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: Regulators, Pressure Control Valves. VIII-137. Aervalco Engineering CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 2: Telephone Directory. VIII-77. Barker Brothers, 1927Save to your list.
Folder 3: Enchanted Shores On Soda Bay. VIII-148. C.D. Cornell CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 4: Calpet Baseball Handbook Of The Pacific Coast League. XI-160. California Petroleum Corporation, 1926Save to your list.
Folder 5: Oakwood Cemetary. VIII-91. Chartsworth Holding CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 6: Los ANgeles Metropolis Of Knowledge? [A Sketch For A Great University]. IX-144. City Beautiful Community ClubSave to your list.
Folder 7: Cosmos Club, V-64, 1927-1928Save to your list.
Folder 8: Advertising That Pays. VIII-89. Edward N. Nathan Advertising AgencySave to your list.
Folder 9: Madsen Junior. VII-138. Edward R. Bacon CompanySave to your list.
Folder 10: This Is Microdot. VIII-129. Felts CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 11: Travelled Road [Reports For 1926]. VIII-109,110,111. Financial Appraisers, 1926Save to your list.
Folder 12: Forgedtrue Pistons, VIII-130. Forgedtrue Piston Corporation, 1964-1965; 1964Save to your list.
Folder 13: Historical Murals. VI-76. Golden State Insurance CompanySave to your list.
Folder 14: Size-up 1959-1960. Los Angeles Fire Department Annual Report - Los Angeles Fire Department, 1959-1960; 1960Save to your list.
Folder 15: Gas Talk. VIII-96. Los Angeles Gas And Electric Corporation, 1924Save to your list.
Folder 16: Comstock Schools. VIII-34. Macurda - Drisco Schools, Incorporated, 1930Save to your list.
Folder 17: From The Library Of Charles B. Hopper [Bookplate]. XI-156Save to your list.
Folder 18: Fasteners. Aerospace, Marine, Industrial. VIII-141. Neoteric Metals, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 19: Members. VIII-98. New York Employing Printers AssociationSave to your list.
Folder 20: O'Keefe And Merritt Gas Range Owner's Manual. VIII-134. O'Keefe And MerrittSave to your list.
Folder 21: 28th Annual Exhibition. California Water Color Society. VI-77. Pasadena Art MuseumSave to your list.
Folder 22: Piccopale Resin. VIII-131. Pennsylvania Industrial CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 23: Poly-Optic Systems. VIII-132. Poly-Optic Systems, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 24: Ruckstell Ford Axle. VII-143-A. Ruckstell Sales And Manufacturing CompanySave to your list.
Folder 25: Electrical Contractors Since 1928. II-36,41. S.H. Fish Electric Company, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 26: Scientific Optical Corporation - Scientific Optical CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 27: Among The Stars With Clara Bow. VIII-150. Star Books, 1928Save to your list.
Folder 28: Columbia Grand Opera Company [Prospectus]. VII-83. The CompanySave to your list.
Folder 29: Suzanne Lenglen By Mary K. Brown. XI-153. Vanity FairSave to your list.
Folder 30: Price List. VIII-142. Wilhite Machine Works, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 31: Presenting The New Pierce-Arrow. VIII-92. William E. Bush, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Vernon Grant Illustrator. (2 Posters). Will A. Kistler Company (1) Golden State Limited. Southern Pacific 16x23". (2) Wood Blocks. A New Note In Printing 12x19"Save to your list.
Folder 2: A Taste Of Christmas From The Candy Shop. [Proof Sheet]. VIII-114. Marston's, 23x29", 1962Save to your list.
Folder 3: Footlines. Selected From The Blake, Moffett And Towne Calendar. Blake, Moffett And Towne 26x40"Save to your list.
Folder 4: 1969 [Calendar]. VIII-143. Golden State Mutual Life, 11x14", 1969Save to your list.
Folder 5: Fifty Photographs. Edward Weston. [Proofs]. II-26-31. Duell, Sloan And Pearce, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 6: [Color Prints] (3). II-43-45. 10x13"Save to your list.
Folder 7: [Untitled. Camping By A Lake]. (Poster Illustrated By HN). 7x42"Save to your list.
Folder 8: [Christmas Greetings. 3 Posters]. (1) Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. Kistler Lithograph Company, 23 x 36". (2) Wishing You Merry Christmas In A Big Way. Will A. Kistler Company, 19 x 25". (3) Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year. Kistler Lithograph Company, Incorporated. 23 x 35", 1963-1964Save to your list.
Folder 9: Christopher's Chocolates. 6 Posters. (1) Christopher's Chocolates. The Perfect Valentine. (Poster Illustrated By WFR), 7x 26". (2) Remember Mother With Christopher's Chocolates, 7 x 26". (3) Say "Merry Christmas" With Christopher's Chocolates, 7 x 26". (4) Remember Christopher's Chocolates. California's Favorate Candy For Thanksgiving, 7 x 26". (5) Give Christopher's Chocolates For Easter, 7 x 26". (6) Say "Merry Christmas" With Christopher's Chocolates, 7 x 42"Save to your list.
Folder 10: Lynton Kistler Artist Lithographs (Offset). John Kelly. Tall Ship Series. (1) Heading In Printer's Proof, 20 x 26". (2) Topsail Schooner, Printers Proof, 20 x 26"Save to your list.
Folder 11: Lynton Kistler Artist Lithographs (Offset). Tyrus Wong. (1) Kicking Horse, 10 x 13". (2) Running Horse, 10 x 13". (3) Printing Plate For Both Lithographs 15½ x 17½"Save to your list.
Folder 12: Lynton Kistler Artist Lithographs (Stone). Myron Nutting. (1) Morning, 12½ x 17". (2) Jason, 13 x 17½". (3) Nocturne, 13 x 17½"Save to your list.
Folder 13: Lynton Kistler Artist Lithographs (Stone). Eugene Berman. Verona, 17½ x 21½"Save to your list.
Folder 14: Abraham Lincoln Portfolios, (2 Portfolios), 1968, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 15: Honore Daumier ReproductionsSave to your list.
Subseries B: Books, 1925-1928, 1938, 1946Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 32: [Untitled. Drawing Of A Woman]. Proof SheetSave to your list.
Folder 33: Dance Memoranda. II-34,37,40. Duell, Sloan And Pearce, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 34: First Penthouse Dwellers Of America. II-35,38,39. Laboratory Of Anthopology, 1938Save to your list.
Folder 35: Sierra Club, Number 45,51,55. V-1,62,63. Mountain Head Quarters, Muir Lake, Santa Anita Canyon, 1925-1928Save to your list.
Subseries C: Cards, 1930, 1950, 1971Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 36: E-ne-mo. V-66. Gables Beach Club, 1930Save to your list.
Folder 37: Mr Kistler, Easter. II-60. Thank You Note From Richard Bull, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 38: [Zamorano Club Invitation]. V-67. Zamorano Club, 1950Save to your list.
Folder 39: [Untitled. Christmas Card]. XI-157Save to your list.
Subseries D: Catalogs, Programs, and Exhibitions, 1948-1968Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 40: Lithographs Of June Wayne, Etchings Of Ynez Johnston. VI-73. Art Institute Of Chicago, 1952Save to your list.
Folder 41: Cady Wells Watercolors. VI-72. Cady Wells, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 42: Stools, Bars, Game Sets? VIII-124. California-AsiaSave to your list.
Folder 43: Portfolio Of Summer Sportswear Suggestions From "The Sport Shop". VIII-93. Harry Fink And CompanySave to your list.
Folder 44: Catalogue Of The Prints Of Jean Charlot Printed By Lynton R. Kistler. This Lithograph..... 1-3,6. Lynton R. KistlerSave to your list.
Folder 45: Actual Reproductions Of Weinstein Original Conceptions In Platinum And Diamond Designs. VIII-94. Mr WeinsteinSave to your list.
Folder 46: Merle Armitage Presents Tanagra And Warren Lee. VII-79Save to your list.
Folder 47: Handprinted Lithographs Of Eugene Berman. 1-5Save to your list.
Folder 48: Jean Charlot. A Catalog Of Books, Portfolios, Writings, Murals. VI-69, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 49: Ambasador Kustom-Bilt Automobile Seat Covers, Tire Covers, Accessories. VIII-40. National Auto Fabrics Manufacturing CompanySave to your list.
Folder 50: Disposable Products For The Medical Profession. VIII-135. Peel Away ScientificSave to your list.
Folder 51: Summary Catalogue. VIII-140. Penta Laboratories, Incorporated, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 52: Fire Protection Equipment. VIII-133. Potter-Roemer, 1960Save to your list.
Folder 53: June Wayne. VI-74. Santa Barbara Institute Of Art, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 54: Lithographs By June Wayne. VI-75. The Contemporaries, 1953Save to your list.
Folder 55: Tudor Tile. VIII-88. Tudor Potteries, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 56: Exhibition. Paintings, Drawings And Lithographs By Clinton Adams. VI-70. UCLASave to your list.
Folder 57: Program. A Trip To Mount Wilson Observatory. V-65. Engineers ClubSave to your list.
Folder 58: Newest Fashion Trends In Lingerie And Girdles. VIII-113. Glydons, Incorporated, 1962Save to your list.
Subseries E: Multiple Print Jobs for the Same Firm, 1922-1971Save to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: Brown-Jordan Regent. VIII-115,117,119. Brown-Jordan, 1962, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 2: Brown-Jordan Tamiami. VIII-116,118. Brown-Jordan, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 3: Only Complete Line Of Low Cost, Space Saving Kitchens..... VIII-118,119. Cervitor Kitchens, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 4: Party-Time Or Anything With A Cervitor Portable Home Draft Beer Dispenser. VIII, IV-120,50. Cervitor Kitchens, IncorporatedSave to your list.
Folder 5: Man Ray. VI-71. Copley Galleries, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 6: Yves Tanguy Paintings And Catalogue. VI-78. Copley Galleries, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 7: Copley Galleries [Letterhead Stationary]. III-48,49. Copley GalleriesSave to your list.
Folder 8: Last Period. Earle C. Anthony, 1927Save to your list.
Folder 9: Romance Of Transportation In California. Earle C. Anthony, 1928Save to your list.
Folder 10: Electra-Motors. Catalog 55. VIII-128. Electra, 1954Save to your list.
Folder 11: Electra-Gearmotors. VIII-127. Electra, 1958Save to your list.
Folder 12: "Will A. Kistler, Co." [Advertisement] In Proceedings Sixteenth Convention. V-68. California State DivisionSave to your list.
Folder 13: Prices For Printing From Handmade Plates At Kistler Lithograph Studio. December Classes In Lithography For Artists. I-1,2Save to your list.
Folder 14: Biographies. [Accompanies Catalog Not Included]. XI-158Save to your list.
Folder 15: [Christmas Greetings Cards]. IV-53-59. Lynton R. KistlerSave to your list.
Folder 16: Hollywood Bowl By Isobel Morse Jones [Prospectus]. I-8. Will A. Kistler Company, 1936Save to your list.
Folder 17: Advertising Cards For The Will A. Kistler Co. Illustrated By Veron Grant. I-11-18. Will A. Kistler CompanySave to your list.
Folder 18: Opera. VII-80,81. Los Angeles Grand Opera Association, 1929Save to your list.
Folder 19: Opera. VII-82. Los Angeles Grand Opera Association, 1931Save to your list.
Folder 20: Woodstock-In-The-Hills. Merrick And Ruddick Incorporated, 1925Save to your list.
Folder 21: Mulholland Hills. VIII-145. Merrick And Ruddick Incorporated, 1922-1926Save to your list.
Folder 22: Hollywood Country Club And Foothills Subdivision Graphic. VIII-146. Merrick And Ruddick, Incorporated, 1924Save to your list.
Folder 23: Souvenir Of Exposition. Los Angeles. XI-155. Sunday-Merrick And Ruddick, Incorporated, 1923Save to your list.
Folder 24: Ormco Matic 880. VIII-123. Ormco CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 25: Annual Report. VIII-122. Ormco Corporation, 1966Save to your list.
Folder 26: Catalog III. VIII-121. Ormco CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 27: How To Identify Warplanes Friend OR Enemy. XI-159. Richfield Oil Corporation Of New York, 1942Save to your list.
Folder 28: New Deal For Your Motor. VIII-95. Richfield Oil Company Of California, 1933Save to your list.
Folder 29: Official's Dope Book Football. XI-161. Richfield Oil Company Of California, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 30: Scripps College Bulletin, Volume 8, Number 4. VIII-85. Scripps College, 1934Save to your list.
Folder 31: Scripps College Calendar. VIII-86. Scripps College, 1936Save to your list.
Folder 32: Scripps College Calendar. VIII-87. Scripps College, 1940Save to your list.
Folder 33: Who? VIII-125,126. Southwestern Engineering Corporation, 1925Save to your list.
Folder 34: Southwestern. VIII-143-B. Southwestern Engineering CorporationSave to your list.
Folder 35: Tropical Sun Rattan. VIII-117. Tropical SunSave to your list.
Folder 36: Tropical Sun Rattan. VIII-116. Tropical SunSave to your list.
Folder 37: Old Master Drawings. X-149. Zeitlin And Ver BruggeSave to your list.
Folder 38: Catalogs, Numbers 209, 224, 229. X-150-152. Zeitlin And Ver Brugge, 1965, 1970, 1971Save to your list.

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