Painting by Robert Cairns Dobson
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I recently purchased a collection which contained several bookplates by Robert C. Dobson. They were for Connecticut residents and several were Yale related . Most were done in the early 1900's. None of my reference books had any information about the artist and two knowledgeable collectors told me they had never heard of him either. I was able to find the following message on the Ask Art website that had been posted by Ron O'Brien:
My great-uncle Robert Cairns Dobson was born 4 April 1881 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, attended Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard School of Art and died 11 June 1916 in Bernalillo,NM. He was buried in Tacoma, WA. He married Helen Ames Crosby and had one daughter, Barbara Dobson.
I wrote to Mr. O'Brien and he promptly responded as follows:
Labels: Robert Cairns Dobson
If you go to flea markets, and paper shows you will find all kinds of old labels with interesting graphics. I buy whatever is reasonably priced and strikes my fancy and put them into an ephemera album.Here are some representative examples.You can click on the images to enlarge them
I got these two Japanese labels at a flea market yesterday. Does anyone out there know what sort of product they were used for?
These two were put on patent medicine bottles in the late 19th century.
Luggage labels are very collectible.The last time I brought some duplicates to a flea market a very enthusiastic buyer purchased some to enhance his luggage.The Shepheard's label was designed by Ernst Dryden
The Allentown Pennsylvania Paper show is coming soon (October 4th) For a complete list of upcoming paper and book shows follow this link
Next Sunday I will be out of town ( my daughter's wedding) and the blog will be updated when I return. See you then.
Book owners in certain professions are more apt to use bookplates.The professions that come to mind are magicians, poets and physicians. Here are some interesting bookplates from the medical profession. I have not included very much about specialties but I will mention that Dr.Hopping was a Proctologist in New Jersey. If you are a physician currently using a bookplate and would like to send me a scan to add to this posting please do so.
Doctor Walford's plate is dated 1754 and was engraved by Yates
Dr.Darnell's plate was designed by his wife Mildred Hollis Darnell. His practice was in Germantown, Pa. and he was on the staff at Hahnemann Hospital
This doctor has the illegible handwriting gene so common in the medical profession. If you click on the image the name will enlarge If you can decipher it please let me know.
Dr. Bayley was a professor of Neurology at Hahnemann Medical College. I have always been fond of this haunting image. I have a faint recollection of a very similar plate used by his son.
Dr. Burbank was a Rheumatologist in New York City
Doctor Dolley was the president of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 1943
Dr. Jarcho's plate fits into two of my collecting interests , Judaica and physicians. It was engraved by Arthur Engler.
One last thing: Claus Wittal a bookplate dealer in Germany has a very comprehensive website well worth looking at.
See you next week.
Foo Frogs , originally brought to our shores in a shipment of tires from Japan have been spotted in Philadelphia's Fairmount
Park. The bookplate for Mr. Miyazaki
illustrates their strange mating ritual. It is not wise to approach these frogs during the September mating season.
On Thursday and Friday I went to the Philadelphia Free Library to look at the bookplate collection(s). Out of all the items I examined these were the two that made the most lasting impression. Click On Images To Enlarge
For biographical information on Admiral Sims click on this link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Sims
The name label shown above was used by President John Adams and is in the collection of the Boston Public Library.The name label below is ,to the best of my knowledge, from the library of some other individual named John Adams. It will be included in a September 27th
BOOKPLATES FOR SALE
The Bookplate Society has a nice selection of bookplates for sale. Just follow the link above.
Labels: Kung Foo Frogs, The Adams Family