Friday, June 08, 2012

The Wonders of The Internet

The wonders of the internet never cease to amaze me.
On April 14th I wrote about the Sand Hill Farm School bookplate  designed by Philip O.Palmstrom.
As a result of that posting Mary Palmstrom, the artist’s grand daughter contacted me and was kind enough to send a scan of her grand father's  bookplate along with some additional information.

"In the bookplate my grandfather used in his own books he has set himself against the White Mountains, one of his favorite places. He was from the Boston area and began working at the Profile Hotel, in the boat house, when he was in college. He Attended Mechanic Arts High School and then the Mass School of Art. Later in his career, he became an instructor of commercial art at MSA, For a brief period just before his death in 1945, he served as the interim President of the school. My dad says, that thanks to his skills as an artist my grandfather made a good living even though the country was in the great depression"

The photo of Philip O. Palstrom was taken around 1935 when is was working as an instructor at the Mass. School of Art.

In addition to commercial items like the book plates, P.O. Palmstrom created numerous illustrations for books, magazines and store brochures. One book that contains ink illustrations very similar to the
The Sandhill Farm- Life School Book plate, is The Story of F Company: 101st Regiment, U.S. Engineers: An Informal Narrative, a book published in 1924 by two of his fellow engineers and very good friends. In addition to ink, many of his book and magazine illustrations were done in water color or gauche"

                                                   Mystery Bookplate-Edith Heal by Owen
Earlier this week I received the bookplate shown below .It looks to be circa 1930 and is signed Owen.I found an author from the 1930's named Edith Heal. Perhaps this was her bookplate..
Can any one out there shed some light on the owner or the artist?


Here is an interesting bookplate I spotted in The Bookplateink blog

"The bookplate will accompany presentation copies of a work by Fr. Claude Boucher (a Canadian White Father who has lived in Malawi* since 1967 and founded the Kungoni Centre of Culture and Art in 1976) which offers the first book-length study of a traditional dance of Malawi: When Animals Sing and Spirits Dance: Gule Wamkulu: The Great Dance of the Chewa People of Malawi. It should be published on 4 August. 
In brief, the bookplate, which is Claude Boucher’s design, offers a literal illustration of a Chewa proverb, appropriate to thank those who have helped to fund the book. Malawian villagers support the roof of a traditional village hut by carrying it on their heads. They are helped by ancestral spirits (supernaturally elongated, pale, androgynous), who collaborate with the living in their work. God is depicted in the form of a mask with tribal scarification. Two of his aspects are suggested: Mphambe, the God of lightning; and Chiuta, the God of the rainbow, who serves to unite heaven and earth"

*Note from Lew Jaffe- Bookplates from Africa are not often seen.
Here is some information about Malawi.

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. Wikipedia
CurrencyMalawian kwacha
Population14,900,841 (2010) World Bank
Official languageChewa, English
My next blog posting will be on Monday June 18th. See you then.

1 comment:

Scocasso! said...

Wow, that Philip O. Palstrom book plate is great. How did they do that - etching onto metal or something. I love the back-story that was revealed too, fantastic!