Sunday, January 27, 2008
Bookplates From The Hollywood Compost Pile,Chapter2
Friday, January 18, 2008
Paulette Goddard (1910-1990) used a bookplate designed by her second husband ,Charlie Chaplin. The 1930 Yearbook Of The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers contained an article about motion picture bookplates by Hettie Gray Baker. Some of the celebrity bookplates illustrated were : Charlie Chaplin , Joel Swensen, Louise Fazenda, and Colleen Moore. If you recognize more than one name out of those four you are either a film buff or over eighty years old. Fame, especially in Hollywood is such a fleeting thing. I suppose cable stations like Turner Classic Movies have helped to keep the early twentieth century stars shining but even with that a good many of the celebrity names I will mention over the next few weeks are not very well known today.This project is a departure from what I normally do each Sunday since it will take several weeks to complete all the scanning and include some links and biographical information.
If you go to http://www.youtube.com/ you can search by almost any name I refer to and see old film clips for each celebrity mentioned. So there you have it , more to come.
Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) worked extensively with D.W. Griffith.
In the mid 1920 's John Gilbert (1895-1936) was as well known as Rudolph Valentino. You can see him in a film clip by following the link below
Monday, January 14, 2008
Bookplate Treasures , The San Francisco Paper Show
The most exciting find was a group of twelve plates by Dugald Stewart Walker. I have searched the Internet and my own reference library to get more information about Mr. Walker. He may have been a very private person because very little information was found. He lived in Richmond , Virginia (1883-1937) and studied at the New York School of Design.He was best known as a children's book illustrator but did do about forty bookplates.Most were drawn in pen and ink on folio size Bristol boards and reduced for reproduction as bookplates.My observation is that his larger bookplates are more powerful than his smaller ones.
Ref. American Bookplates by William E. Butler p.131-132
The Bookplate Annual For 1925 by Alfred Fowler P 11-13
See you next week.