Charles Francis Tilghman (March 11, 1897 – December 2, 1985) owned a printing business. He was the son of social activist Hettie B. Tilghman.
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.
In the 1960s, Tilghman Press was noted for printing of distinctive concert posters. 1,2
Links and References
- Interview with Charles Tilghman by Ruth Beckford
- African Americans in Times of War: The Story of We Also Serve at AAMLO
The 1916-1917 Colored Directory: A Window into Oakland’s Vibrant Past CaliforniaAncestors.org (downloadable PDF)
'The Role of Black Business' Oakland Tribune April 22, 1969
Grateful Dead 1966 poster deadlists.com
The Art of the Blues by Bill Dahl, University of Chicago Press, 2016
H99.29.48 - West Coast Baseball Association Official Score Card Oakland Museum of California - The Richard T. Dobbins Collection, Judith P. Dobbins