Sunday, November 20, 2011

Art Deco Bookplates


Some of the plates shown are probably "universal" The one for David Sarvis was done by The Antioch Bookplate company


Book Cover designed by Mac Harshberger from a book about art deco dust jackets.
It is scheduled for publication in 2012.
For further details contact the author Tom Boss 
 TGBoss@Gmail.com

 Justice Potter Stewart said something like I don't know how to define pornography but I know it when I see it..That's my feeling about art deco.I can't quite define it but I can recognize it (sort of).


Rebecca Eschliman said..




The Sarvis bookplate was actually designed by him. David Sarvis was an Antioch College student who designed about a dozen universal bookplates for the Antioch Bookplate Company in the 1940s.

It was quite common for names of employees to show up on universal bookplates in the sample catalogs in order to demonstrate type styles available for personalization.

The "Alfred Gordon" bookplate was also a universal sold by Antioch Bookplate a few times in the early 1930s (and once for some reason in 1950), but there are no notes about who designed it.

Thank you Rebecca

I believe Carlton Noyes was a writer.
 The artist who did the Wickliffe and Betty Rose plate shown below used a cipher that looks like MFW
Does anyone out there recognize it?
 John Vassos did the plates shown below when he worked at R.C.A.  Here is a link with some biographical information about him:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Vassos
 The Leonard Edwards plate was done by Sidney Hunt
About two years ago I wrote about Mac Harshberger.Here is a link to that posting:
http://bookplatejunkie.blogspot.com/2009/04/mac-harshbergervisiting-twilight-zone.html
Photo from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Mac Harshberger  Exhibit Catalog
written by Karin Breuer
Good fortune smiled upon me this week.I obtained another plate by him . It is on rice paper and was designed for his sister Kay around 1916.If any of you have art deco bookplates in your collection and want them added to this posting send me  a scan(s) and I will try to include include them..See you next Sunday.
Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

1 comment:

Rebecca Eschliman said...

The Sarvis bookplate was actually designed by him. David Sarvis was an Antioch College student who designed about a dozen universal bookplates for the Antioch Bookplate Company in the 1940s.

It was quite common for names of employees to show up on universal bookplates in the sample catalogs in order to demonstrate type styles available for personalization.

The "Alfred Gordon" bookplate was also a universal sold by Antioch Bookplate a few times in the early 1930s (and once for some reason in 1950), but there are no notes about who designed it.