Lithgraphic Museum, Sundby Gård, south of Stockholm
Since I can’t be posting old works of mine ALL the time BHP was on a mission today, a mission for lithography, for content, for everything really. Also a good excuse to blast down some country roads with my new old car. Oh yeah. Will try to keep the rambling level of this post bearable, promised.
Either way, some of the students and teachers and former teachers made the treck out to Sundby Gård, to the Litografiska Museet, warmly welcomed by the staff. The litho museum is run by the Litografiska Arkiv. This archive group was founded 1929 as “The Lithographer’s Club” by members of the Lithographic Union. Groups and membership clubs freak me the fuck out, but this one was okay, so I didn’t mind too much. Because this is Sweden we started with cookies and coffee and a tour through their poster collection, led by Birgitta Modigh and Jan af Burén.
We were then given a demonstration of the shop, which is is still fully functional and used on a weekly basis. Will just give descriptions of the pics:
1: Ever wondered how those fucking precise letters were engraved on stone? Either by free hand (nuts) or, very likely, with a pantograph, as depictured here. The stone gets mounted on top, a needle too, one can regulate the degree of enlargement (or in this case, ensmallment - whats the English word for that? Honey I shrank the letters?). A food pedal is used to raise and lower the needle, and one then follows, quite like a sewing machine, the large etched lines in the steel matrix. While most of the litho printers of old were men, almost all the pantographers were women, or so I was informed.
2. A tiny but buff Hugo Koch press from Germany. So so cute.
3.OK I DIDN’T KNOW THIS: I had seen those rectangular boards on presses here and there, but never with the stoppers in use. So great <3
4. Meet Johanna, the Lithographic Museum’s flagship. A real beauty, printing 500ex per hour. More pictures of her in the set, worry not.
5. This graining steel board doesn’t mess around. Weights 30kg+, has two cute handles and is used for graining larger stones. Figure 8 patterns and beach figure at the same time.
6 and 7: A Swedish made Offset press from Solna. 90% were exported, this one from the early 1950s remained in Sweden.
8. Meet Jan Alvant. He opened his bag of tricks and humbly mentioned that he is a lithographer since 64 years now, starting as a 16yo apprentice. Still taming the stones, at least once a week, and still loving it. This is how I want to age.
9 & 10. Johanna details, she’s built as press #3636 by Johannisberger Maschinenfabrik (est 1846) in Geisenheim a. Rhein in 1897. To my eternal shame I have to admit that I forgot the name of the gentleman demonstrating the paper feeding of Johanna during a dry run. Twas probably the view that distracted me.
AAAAAaaanyway, if in Stockholm and in the mood for litho, stop by there. BHP recommended!
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