Jack Werner Stauffacher, a San Francisco typographer and printer, is still at his work at age 95. Pino Trogu, who is an Assistant Professor of Information Design at San Francisco State University, keeps me updated on Jack’s activities. Pino worked with Jack with a project yesterday on Jack’s SP-15 and the attached photo shows Jack working with his press. This SP-15 was shipped to Jack from Vandercook on 11/6/66 and Jack has it in his studio, The Greenwood Press, at 300 Broadway Avenue, home to the press all these years. Once upon a time, 300 Broadway Ave was a printing building, each floor containing trade pressrooms and on the third floor, as I dimly recall, was Griffin Brothers, a trade typography operation that had hot metal composition, a room full of hand set type, and was the Northern California ATF type dealer. From this great tradition of letterpress, Jack is the sole survivor.
Back in the dark ages, I had Jack as a typography instructor at Carnegie Institute of Technology and was his student assistant for a semester teaching typography to fine arts students. Jack recently sold his Gietz platen press to Peter Koch, but he retains the Vandercook and still comes into the city once a week to be in his studio.