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Out of the Mouths of Babes: Carol Cunningham and the Sunflower Press Collection

Carol Cunningham has been printing for over a half-century under the ægis of her Sunflower Press—most notably, miniature books. She began her work in 1959, where her husband Bruce, an Air Force pilot, was stationed in Japan. Her first effort, limited to a single copy, was printed with Alphabits, her children’s cereal! (The type didn’t hold up.)

The Cunninghams moved from Japan to San Diego, where Carol studied printing and acquired an actual press. Her first work, The Puffin, was published in 1962. It was followed by three works the following year. In 1964, she and her husband moved to Mill Valley.

The Printer is in the Garage

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