The Private Presses of New Mexico

Thistle Press

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An early initiate of the publishing world, Jason Kellahin started out as an apprentice (also known as a printer’s devil), graduated to the role of pressman, and was eventually made editor of the Roswell Morning Dispatch. Though he left his newspaper career behind to study law and establish a firm in Santa Fe in 1953, he never lost his enthusiasm for the printing arts.

Kellahin acquired printing equipment and in 1973 set up the Thistle Press adjacent to his home. Like hundreds of other hobbyists, he printed for the sheer pleasure of it. In the hours away from his legal work he produced good quality ephemera throughout the 1980s. A periodical issued by a group of western history buffs, books of poetry for family and friends, an annual publication for his wife’s sewing club, and tickets for church benefits were among the output of his press.

A Lament on Tsankawi Mesa Thistle press mark
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