Toot Toot!: A Book About Fruit


A book about fruit

Working collaboratively, Scripps and Harvey Mudd students worked collaboratively to create Toot Toot!: A Book About Fruit, a limited-edition, letterpress book about ten fruit trees on Scripps campus and in Southern California. Throughout the semester, Professor Tia Blassingame’s Typography & Book Arts class viewed botanical illustrations, contemporary and archival documents at the Denison, Honnold, and Santa Ana Botanical Garden libraries in Claremont, California. Students examined relevant fruit crate labels, landscape maps of the campus and region, agricultural journals, historic photographs and postcards, and ephemera.

Topics range from fruit pollinators to human labor, water usage, popular culture, and the use of fruit to market California. Letterpress printed using Scripps College Old Style and an eclectic selection of typefaces combined with linoleum block prints, cut vinyl, and pressure prints on Rives Lightweight, Toot Toot!: A Book About Fruit features fruit facts, historical information, recipes, personal stories and memories. The edition size is 80 copies. 4.5 by 9.75 inches.


  • Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College
  • California State Library
  • Occidental College
  • St Lawrence University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Texas, San Antonio
  • MICA
  • University of Central Florida
  • Private collections

Order a Book from Scripps College Press

If you would like to purchase a copy of the books or broadsides, please send a check, payable to the Scripps College Press, to the address below. Please add California sales tax of 8.75% if book is in stock, and a shipping fee of $12.00 per book.

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If you wish to become a standing order patron, you will receive 20% off the list price of the books and will receive each book immediately after it is completed. We complete a collaborative book each semester. Please indicate with your order if you wish to become a subscriber.
Scripps College Press 1030 Columbia Ave. #2025 Claremont, CA 91711 Attn: Tia Blassingame
If you would like more information, please call (909) 607-3866.
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