Alan A. Blackman
Alan Blackman was a student of brush lettering at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in the late 1950s. He is the former publications editor of Friends of Calligraphy, San Francisco, and has also served on its executive council. Since 1976, he has taught lettering classes and workshops across the United States, Europe and Japan.
His large personal collection of calligraphically designed first-day-cover envelopes was exhibited at the National Calligraphy Conferences in New Jersey in 1986 and in Oregon in 1987. They have also appeared in Calligraphy Review (formerly Letter Arts Review) and Upper & Lowercase. His work is included in collections at the San Francisco Public Library and London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
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