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Kistler Printing and Lithography Collection

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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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Folder 2: Correspondence From Blake, Moffitt And Towne. Paper Dealers. With Roxburgh, A Portfolio Of Specimens And Samples Of Strathmore PaperSave to your list.

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