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 A7) using the offset process. Vernon Grant's graphic art appears on
several advertisements for the company during the 1930s.
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