Charles Francis Tilghman (March 11, 1897 – December 2, 1985) owned a printing business. He was the son of social activist Hettie B. Tilghman.

Colored Directory

In 1915 and 1916, Tilghman published The Colored Directory of the Leading Cities of Northern California. It is a rich source of information and photographs of Black people, institutions, and businesses. The 1916-1917 directory includes a congratulatory letter from Booker T. Washington. He did this when he was 18 years old, using a printing press set up in the family home at 1670 - 13th St.


c.1946 - OMCA 31965 fair use

In the 1960s, Tilghman Press was noted for printing of distinctive concert posters. 1,2

Links and References

  1. Grateful Dead 1966 poster

  2. The Art of the Blues by Bill Dahl, University of Chicago Press, 2016

  3. H99.29.48 - West Coast Baseball Association Official Score Card Oakland Museum of California - The Richard T. Dobbins Collection, Judith P. Dobbins