The Typophiles is a loosely-organized group of individuals involved in the graphic arts who originally gathered in the early 1930s for a series of occasional, informal luncheon meetings in New York City. Paul A. Bennett, one of the founders of the Typophiles, became the behind-the-scenes coordinator of publications, including keepsakes for special occasions and chapbooks on typographic subjects. Bennett wrote numerous articles over the years and published Books and Printing in 1951.
Pamphlets are ephemeral by virtue of their size and the limited number of copies printed. The survival of pamphlets about books and printing and related subjects is testament to the interest in these subjects, since many small booklets are often discarded. The Skaggs Collection includes hundreds of pamphlets, many of them the chapbooks published by the Typophiles. A small selection of these from the 1940s are shown here. Chapbook number 9 (1942) includes an item “On Edward Johnston,” an appeal from Paul Standard for funds to aid the elderly and frail English calligrapher. More detail about Standard and Johnston is available here.