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.)
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
) using the offset process. Vernon Grant’s graphic art appears
on several advertisements for the company during the 1930s.
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