Our French Antiques Pop-Up’Cadeaux’ is Open

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment


Our bar, new shelving with French Signs, American Trophies and French Champagne Buckets, plus part of our current show “Representation Matters” 

We are Home for the Holidays!

Excited to announce that the VEPCA Showroom will be open every weekend until Christmas. There is plenty of parking on our side of 4th Street on the weekends, so come in for a cup a good cheer, shop the show and then walk two blocks to enjoy the Holiday Lights on Fourth Street’s Retail Corridor.

It’s a good time to explore our collection of over 2,500 original posters. We recently added to the shop hard to find books about posters, including  books about Mucha, The Moulin Rouge, Pierrot Posters, Russian Avant Garde Film Posters and the exquisite, limited edition Razzia signed and numbered box set which includes the book, handsomely boxed and six prints signed by the artist.


Paper Whites in Vintage Pots, an original corker + Vintage Champagne Buckets


Small Wine Press + Original Enamel Newspaper sign

We are pleased to announce ‘Cadeux’, our French Antiques shop, which includes a limited supply of Vintage Champagne Buckets (including Champagne Masse, Piper,  Moet and others from the Art Deco Period.

Also featuring a cool collection of vintage pottery, as well as unusual house plants, potted bulbs, vintage trophies and more.  Our new bar is has been a fun addition to the shop, and we encourage you to enjoy our collection while you sip + shop.


Vintage pottery and Jadite for sale

Our little block now includes  Holton Frames and Gallery (at 5th and Addison) Rims and Goggles at 4th and Addison (a chic, new eye-wear shop) and of course, the anchor tenant June Taylor Artisanal Jams, our beloved next door neighbor.

We would love to see you.

Elizabeth, Sarah, Logan, and Payden

This post was written by Logan Prather, LA Liaison for VEPCA
And Elizabeth Norris, VEPCA Collector

Vintage European Posters, Established 1997
Member, IVPDA
Our Shop: 2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley Corner of Allston Way
Winter Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 11-5
Closed on Thanksgiving
Open Every Weekend until Christmas
Saturdays 11-6, Sundays 11-5

Also available by appointment

Contact us 510 843 2201 or email vintageposters@vepca.com

Visit our collection on the web at vepca.com

These are the people in our neighborhood: Peter Koch, printer

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our neighbor Peter Koch, printer, publisher, book designer and cowboy surrealist, opens his door to visitors by appointment only. We were lucky enough to get an appointment to interview him. He graciously gave us the grand tour of his shop, and told us stories about books, printing, pioneers, the West, and everything in between.

Sign in Peter Koch's shop

You have been warned!

Peter Koch was born in Missoula, Montana; he is the fourth generation of a family of cowboys and bibliophiles — his great grandfather was one of the few literate pioneers. Peter Koch told us about the mountains there, the peacefulness of the summits, the cold, snowy winters he looked forward to, and  the maverick artists and craftsmen from which he hails. In Missoula Koch founded Black Stone Press and Montana Gothic: A Journal of Poetry, Literature and Graphics and opened a letterpress printing office. A self-styled “cowboy surrealist,” Peter Koch learned  typographic design and published the art and writings of his friends, in small editions — a modus operandi he still follows today — then moved with his press to San Francisco and became Adrian Wilson’s apprentice, working at his renowned press in North Beach.

Peter Koch's Hidelberg Press

Peter Koch's Hidelberg Press

After closing Black Stone Press, Koch changed his press name to Peter Koch Printers and moved to the Fourth Street corridor in January 1990, right after the Oakland earthquake. Koch says he likes the location: it is close to his home, there is good food for his clients — Peter Koch recommends O Chamé as a “very high quality” restaurant and Café Rouge for the drinks and the oysters — good coffee for him, and, he can walk to the ocean! We too have been delighted by the combination of nature and culture in our new neighborhood.

As a publisher, printer and book designer, Peter Koch works mostly for a public of bibliophiles: libraries, museums, universities — rarely private parties. His projects are sophisticated and difficult. Peter Koch press has published and printed books of philosophy, poetry and  Ancient Greek literature, as well as some works on the lighter side of the literary. His books and artworks have been exhibited in prestigious places such as the New York Public Library, the San Francisco Public Library and the Widener Library at Harvard University.

Poem by Debra Magpie Earling, from the Lost Journals of Sucajewea

Poem by Debra Magpie Earling, from the Lost Journals of Sucajewea

Book cover, hand-made paper

Book cover, hand-made paper, drying on Peter Koch's wall

He showed us one of his latest projects: The Lost journals of Sacajewea by Debra Magpie Earling, Native American writer, Professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, and Peter Koch’s personal friend. The book is what you may call hand-made, and a true work of art: poems on fine paper, in sophisticated types, black and white pictures of buffaloes and Native Americans, on a paper so thin and fine the images almost seem like ghosts. On the wall, odd-looking brown sheets are drying: leather? No, hand-made paper specially designed and created for the project, as a binder for the poems. Peter Koch pulled out a finished example of the book: the poems are inserted in the leather-looking folio, bound together with bullet cases. Peter Koch explained the story: contemporary Berkeley poster artist David Lance Goines has a gun — they occasionally shoot together — Peter Koch’s wife shot a target with it, the bullet cases are now on the book, and the perforated target hangs on Peter Koch’s door.


The target, hanging on Peter Koch's door

Book cover with bullet binding

Book cover with bullet binding

When we asked him how long it might take to make such a book, Peter Koch answered never less than a year and up to ten. Debra Magpie Earling’s took five years and only sixty five copies were made. What Koch likes about his job is meeting incredible people like Debra Magpie Earling, and working with them on a project, taking the time — making a work of art, together.

Peter Koch is also a collector. Like VEP, he goes foraging to find treasures. Throughout the years, he has acquired different presses such as a 1899 Chandler and Price jobbing press, which he used to print on the back of VEP’s greeting cards. Peter Koch has drawers full of typefaces: old letters, images drawn from newspaper cuts, Italian engravings. He is especially fond of anything that has to do with cowboy kitsch. Peter Koch even created his own typeface involving Greek letters: he admits himself that typeface creation is an “arcane art,” only a few printers still do it. Peter Koch cares about preserving this history, art and heritage — he explained to us that letters and graphic design are older than the Greeks.

Typefaces from newspaper

Typefaces drawn from newspapers

Chandler and Price jobbing press, 1899

Chandler and Price jobbing press, 1899

For that reason and because, according to him, “the history of the book is a work of art,” Peter Koch created the CODEX foundation whose objective is “to preserve and promote the hand-made book in the broadest possible context as a work of art and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book.” The CODEX foundation organizes a book fair and a symposium every two years on the Berkeley campus. There, exhibitors and speakers from all over the world meet, talk, educate the public and exhibit their work.

To learn more about Peter Koch, visit his website.

Peter Koch Printers sign

Here at Vintage European Posters, we are open two days per week, and by appointment. We ‘pop-up’ one weekend per month. To receive invites to our special event, please visit our website, call us at 510 843-2201 or if you are in the neighborhood, by all means knock on our door. We are always happy to open our shop and share our collection of over 1,500 original posters from Europe and the US with all ephemera nuts, interior designers and those curious enough to seek us and our poster museum out.


Interview with Peter Koch by Elizabeth Norris and Candie Sanderson

“The Art of the Book in California: Five Contemporary Presses,” curated by Koch, Trujillo, Roth / essays by Bringhurst and Koch, Stanford University Libraries, 2011.

CODEX foundation website

This post authored by VEP Intern
Candie Sanderson
Student at la Sorbonne Nouvelle
Edited by VEP Owner
Elizabeth Norris

Vintage Posters Jazz on Fourth St. Celebration: May 18

December 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Original Josephine Baker's Farewell Tour Poster. By Ventouillac in 1975. Offset Litho.

Original Josephine Baker’s Farewell Tour Poster. By Ventouillac in 1975. Offset Litho.

On May 18th, mark your calendars for the 19th annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival.

Vintage European Posters will be rolling up it’s doors for this harmonious event. Jazz on Fourth Street is a free festival that will benefit the young jazz prodigies of the Berkeley High School Jazz programs. This long-standing event has become a tradition in many respects to the deep history of jazz in the Bay Area, particularly Berkeley.

In addition to raffles, interactive displays, and children activities, the festival will feature legendary jazz vocalist Ed Reed, as well as a special performance from the entire award winning 22-piece Berkeley High School Ensemble.

Come on down to  ‘South of Fourth Street’   to peruse wonderful original jazz related posters (we have 3) and enjoy our collection of over 1000 original posters.

The streets between Hearst and Virginia will be closed on 4th Street however there is usually parking South on 4th street near VEP. There is a lot on Allston Way at 5th, and one at the end of our building, which are rarely used on Sundays.  But you didn’t hear it from us!


This post was written by Christopher Gonzalez, Operations Director of Vintage European Posters and Edited by Elizabeth Norris, VEP’s Proprietor.

Our Shop is Open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 11-5 and select weekends.
2201 Fourth Street, Berkeley Corner of Allston Way

Please call 510 843 2201 or email vintage posters@vepca.com to confirm hours.

Visit our collection on the web at vepca.com


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