Saturday, August 28, 2010
Bed Bugs and Bookplates
There has been quite a bit of media hype recently about bed bugs, similar to the hype several years ago about killer bees. This time around the hype seems to be justified.
Labels: Bed Bugs and Bookplates
Friday, August 20, 2010
This Week in Bookplates 8/22/2010
It was taken when he was in his eighties and shortly before he passed away.
In the picture below Evelia is doing her thing at Antioch in 1998.
Evelia currently runs her own design firm http://www.eveliadesigns.com/
The information and photos below were received from Dr. Thomas Ferguson whose brother Benton did freelance art work for The Antioch Bookplate Company.
They are still quite popular almost 50 years later and can still be ordered through Bookplate Ink
Labels: Antioch Bookplate Company
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Antioch Bookplates ,Part Three
A Brief History Of The Antioch Bookplate Company And Bookplate Ink
By Karen Gardner
My association with bookplates began in 1990 when I took a position with the small weekly newspaper in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Home to Antioch College, Yellow Springs was also the location of The Antioch Company, one of the largest producers of bookplates in the world.
The company formerly known as The Antioch Bookplate Company began as a resourceful response by two students working in the college print shop at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Ernest Morgan and Walter Kahoe noticed the barrels of paper scraps left behind in the printing process and wanted to find a use for the material. As part of Antioch College’s renowned work study program, they began printing decorative bookplates on the scrap paper after hours. With permission from the college, they named their venture the Antioch Bookplate Company and Morgan began hitchhiking around the country selling the bookplates. Kahoe later sold his interest in the business to Morgan for two hundred dollars, and Morgan went on to expand the business, while still attending college.
The Antioch Bookplate Company continued to grow in the next decades, with Ernest Morgan adding artwork from well-known artists such as Rockwell Kent, Daniel Burne Jones and the Dutch woodcut artist Thijs Mauve. Antioch also acquired other companies, such as The Etchcraft Company, along with their designs. Sales climbed as the Antioch Bookplate Company sold to more and more dealers around the world.
Since its early days, the Antioch Bookplate Company offered personalized bookplates to customers. The company would print the customer’s name on any of the designs in their catalog, or would print bookplates with custom artwork provided by the customer. Personalized designs were kept on file so that customers could reorder in later years. The company focused increasingly towards sales through dealers because individual small orders were not as profitable. Eventually The Antioch Company forged a business agreement with the local newspaper, the Yellow Springs News, The newspaper agreed to continue printing personalized bookplates, provided directly to individual customers, and acquired many Antioch designs.
When I came to the Yellow Springs News in 1990, my responsibilities included overseeing the bookplate printing business.
I was surprised and pleased to realize that one of the most popular designs was given to me by my mom as a teenager * .
At that time, most of the bookplate orders came in from retail catalogs or referrals by The Antioch Company. Fascinated with the bookplate designs, I continued expanding the business after becoming a co-owner of the newspaper in 1991. I separated from daily duties at the Yellow Springs News in 2004 and devoted myself to the bookplate business,which was renamed Bookplate ink
Sales at Bookplate Ink have increased with the popularity of Internet shopping. With overseas shipping and credit card processing, Bookplate Ink has customers though out the world. In 2008, the Antioch Company discontinued printing and selling bookplates. As many former customers are still devoted to the bookplate designs they have used in their books for years, Bookplate Ink has expanded its inventory to include many bookplates that had been out of print, such as the designs by Benton Ferguson , Robert Whitmore and Owen Wise.
Bookplate Ink also continues to print bookplates for customers who provide original custom artwork.
I have found the bookplate business to be a rewarding niche. Particularly gratifying are those occasions when a customer finds the same design that he or she had as a child .
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Sunday, August 08, 2010
This Week in Bookplates 8/8/2010
Dr. Weston D. Bayley was a Neurologist who taught at the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He died in 1931 at the age of 64. Throughout his life he was actively involved in the study of hypnotism and psychic research. The artist who did the bookplate is unknown to me and his(her) cypher is shown below.
The Hortense Levy plate was designed by A.A. Blum
George Rivet Van Namee was a New York state lawyer, politician . His plate was designed by E. F. VanNamee
Labels: Art Nouveau Bookplates
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Antioch Bookplate Co. Artists # 2
On June 20th I began this series about the artists who worked for The Antioch Bookplate Company. It is an ongoing project and I hope to hear from more of the Antioch artists and their relatives. Evelia Sowash worked for Antioch over a ten year period.
She was involved in the design and production of bookplates, bookmarks and journals . This is a small representative sample of some of her designs.