HARRIET LINDNER, WIDOW OF MUSEUM FOUNDER AND COLLECTOR ERNIE LINDNER, DIES AT 94
The International Printing Museum experienced a sad loss on the morning of February 6thwhen Harriet Lindner passed away. Harriet was nearly 95 when she died peacefully at her home in Glendale, surrounded by her family. For over 50 years, Harriet was alongside her husband, Ernie Lindner, as he traveled the world searching for and building his collection of antique printing equipment, now housed at the International Printing Museum in Carson, California, which they helped to establish in 1988. Since Ernie’s death in 2001, Harriet has served as a Trustee of the Printing Museum, fostering her family’s legacy and helping to guide its use of the Lindner Collection through educational programs which was dear to her heart.
Harriet shared her eccentric husband’s spirit of adventure, traveling with him to the corners of the earth, often in search of another treasure for the collection. Those trips included road trips across the states, Europe, Russia, China, India, and countless visits to England where they developed the reputation of the “crazy Americans who will take our cast iron.” She recalled one such flight home from London when they smuggled a “small” 1879 Albion Press on board a plane in pieces to fly home; the cast iron beast weighed over 100 lbs in total, but this was the time before metal detectors and TSA!
Harriet loved her travels with Ernie in his vintage automobiles, often participating with him in parades or rallies, including the famed London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run where they drove the 1893 Benz. She and Ernie were early members of the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) in the 1960’s with their converted Gene Autry touring bus. Their annual Christmas card each highlighted a photo and story from one of their adventures in the vintage cars or motorhomes.
The Printing Museum’s Boy Scout Merit Badge program and Girl Scout Book Arts program were favorites for Harriet, given the Lindner’s long association with scouting: Ernie, along with his son and grandson, were Eagle Scouts and Harriet was a very active leader of her daughter Kris’s Girl Scout troop in Glendale. Harriet would often be seen alongside her grandson Ernie cooking hot dogs for the hundreds of scouts attending our quarterly events.
After the death of her husband in 2001, Harriet found a new sense of adventure alongside her daughter Kris in the Red Hat Society. Together they gathered for their monthly lunches and donned their red hats at often wild and entertaining conventions across the country, including a most memorable visit in 2008 to Sheri’s Ranch brothel in Pahrump, NV.
The memorial services for Harriet Lindner will be on Saturday, February 16th, at 10:30 am in the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn, Glendale. This is the location where Harriet and Ernie were wed in 1946. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers and to honor Harriet’s love of education and scouting, to make a donation instead to the International Printing Museum, in Carson, CA. They have set up the Harriet Lindner Education Fund at www.printmuseum.org/lindner.