Sunday, May 10, 2009


Art Deco Bookplates

In a discussion about pornography one of our legislators said he could not define it but he knew it when he saw it. That's my take on Art Deco . I don't know how to describe it precisely but I know it when I see it.

Here is a link to a site about the history of Art Deco

It's odd, but of all the hundreds of books about bookplate design , I do not recall ever seeing one about Art Deco. Here are some examples from the U.S.

Carleton Noyes was a writer

The RCA Laboratories plate was done by John Vassos when he worked there.

I am not sure if this plate by Carl Junge would by considered Art Deco by a purist but I included it anyway. Here is some background information about Mrs. Malloch:

Two by Rockwell Kent.

A signed plate by Dan Burne Jones to the late Audrey Arellanes. I was curious and tried to find out who Mr. Bostedo was. From the Social Security records I determined he was born in 1916 and died in 1994. His residence was Forest Park Illinois but that is about all I know about him.

This one by Lynn Ward for Edward F. Addiss is my favorite in the Art Deco Category.

John Doyle Roche was the owner of a large advertising agency in Los Angeles and had a very fine library of books about graphic arts.He was also involved in the restoration of the famous Hollywood sign.


The Lucy Almin (?) looks more constructivist than art deco.
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