If You have bookplates with biplanes and would like them added to this posting please send Jpegs to
I didn't intentionally save these two for last but the owners of both plates are larger than life characters..
If a writer tried to fashion a novel based on their real life accomplishment it would appear contrived and not believable.
Let's start with Leroy J. Prinz
"St. Joseph, MO, just wasn't exciting enough for young LeRoy Prinz; barely out of his teens, he ran away from home to join the French Foreign Legion. Here he learned the rudiments of aviation, which enabled him to join American ace Eddie Rickenbacker's squadron during World War I. How all this prepared him for a career as a dancer/choreographer is anyone's guess, but by the mid-'20s, Prinz was in Europe, staging production numbers for Paris' Folies Bergere and for Viennese impresario Max Reinhardt. He came to films as a dance director in 1929, working on such early-talkie musicals as Innocents of Paris (1929) and Madame Satan (1930); this latter film launched a long association with director Cecil B. DeMille. Working on some 200 films at various studios (he spent most of his time at Paramount and Warner Bros.), Prinz was nominated for three Academy awards. When he finally won an Oscar, it was for his direction of the uncharacteristically sentimental (and non-musical) Warners short subject A Boy and His Dog (1946). Prinz also produced and directed a brace of 45-minute "streamliners" for Hal Roach, All American Co-Ed(1941) and Fiesta (1941). In films until 1958, LeRoy Prinz was a highly original, fiercely independent talent, a man who was unafraid to tell anyone -- even Jack Warner himself -- what to do and where to go if it impeded his work. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi "
The brief biography was copied from this site: http://www.fandango.com/leroyjprinz/biography/p107115
The image shown above came from this site
Sweater Girls: Leroy Prinz Dancers
Paramount dance director LeRoy Prinz with, from left, Esther Pressman, Beula McDonald, Bonita Barker, Kay Gordon, Dorothy Thompson and Dene Myles.
(Los Angeles Times Photo, April 15, 1935)
A complete biography of the remarkable man can be read at this site:
"Fisher operated what is believed to be the first automobile dealership
in the United States
, and also worked at developing an automobile racetrack locally. After being injured in stunts himself, and following a safety debacle at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway
, of which he was a principal, he helped develop paved racetracks and public roadways. Improvements he implemented at the speedway led to its nickname "The Brickyard".
Carl Fisher followed the east-west Lincoln Highway in 1914 with the conception of the north-south Dixie Highway
, which first led fromIndianapolis
, and eventually extended in several northern branches from the Mid-West U.S. at the Canadian borders to southern mainlandFlorida
. Under his leadership, the initial portion was completed within a single year, and he led an automobile caravan to Florida fromIndiana
His fortune was lost in the Stock Market Crash of 1929
and the Great Depression in the United States which followed shortly thereafter. He found himself living in a small cottage in Miami Beach, doing minor work for old friends. Nevertheless, years after his fortune had been lost, at the end of his career, he took on one more project, albeit more modest than many of his past ventures, and built the famousCaribbean Club
on Key Largo
, intended as a "poor man's retreat."
Although he had lost his fortune and late in life considered himself a failure, Fisher is widely regarded as a very successful man in the long view of his life. He was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame
in 1971. In a 1998 study judged by a panel of 56 historians, writers, and others, Carl G. Fisher was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in the history of the State of Florida by The Ledger
labeled him "Mr. Miami Beach." Just south of Miami Beach, Fisher Island
(which he once owned, and is named for him), became one of the wealthiest and most exclusive residential areas in the United States."
Fellow Collector Arno Gschwendtner sent me this video about a bookplate meeting and exhibit.
It is narrated in German. .The images are well worth looking at even if you do not understand the words.
See You next Sunday
Labels: Carl Fisher, Leroy J. Prinz
Amy Bend Bishop's Bookplate was engraved by Sidney L.Smith in 1909.Her husband was Cortlandt Field Bishop. She was a philanthropist and a world traveler
"Cortlandt Field Bishop
(1870 – 30 March 1935) was an American
pioneer aviator, balloonist, autoist, book collector, and traveler.
He earned an A.B. from Columbia University
in 1891, an A.M. in 1892, a Ph.D. in 1893, and an LL.B. in 1894. In 1893 he published a book on American colonial voting practices.
As president of the Aero Club of America
, Bishop offered a $250 prize in 1909 to the first four persons who could fly one kilometer.
Auction of the Cortlandt F. Bishop collection was an important bookselling
Eric Henning Nelson was one of the pilots who participated in a round the world flight contest in 1924
.His Douglas World Cruiser traveled at the speed of 70 miles per hour
.Two of the World Cruisers still survive.One is at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio and the other is in
the collection of The National Air and Space Museum
Stay tuned for a few more Biplanes on Sunday .
This bookplate by Nora S. Unwin is from the Gabe Konrad collection.When I first looked at it I had no idea why anyone would tickle a trout. Now I know Here is what I learned:
"The technique was a common practice used by boys, poachers
and working men in times of economic stress, particularly during the 1930s depression-era
Poachers using the method required no nets, rods or lines or any other incriminating equipment if apprehended by the police
The fish are watched working their way up the shallows and rapids. When they come to the shelter of a ledge or a rock it is their nature to slide under it and rest. The poacher sees the edge of a fin or the moving tail, or maybe he sees neither; instinct, however, tells him a fish ought to be there, so he takes the water very slowly and carefully and stands up near the spot. He then kneels on one knee and passes his hand, turned with fingers up, deftly under the rock until it comes in contact with the fish's tail. Then he begins tickling with his forefinger, gradually running his hand along the fish's belly further and further toward the head until it is under the gills. Then comes a quick grasp, a struggle, and the prize is wrenched out of his natural element, stunned with a blow on the head, and landed in the pocket of the poacher.
the technique is more often called "guddling" or sometimes "ginniling". The practice is currently illegal under most circumstances in Britain
. A related method of catching catfish
by hand is called noodling
in the U.S.A."
Old Planes from England
One of things that happens over time is that you build small collections with similar themes.For whatever reason I have accumulated many items with vintage aircraft..The first one I ever purchased about thirty five years ago was sold to me by James Wilson .It is an engraved proof . The artist's initial are J.G
Does anyone out there know the artist's full name?
At the last Bookplate Society auction I obtained the Thomas Howard May plate shown below
It is signed W.P.B (William.Phillips.Barrett) but was actually engraved by Robert Osmond *
*Ref. Bookplates signed W.P. B. by Horace E. Jones
John Saye's plate was designed by Frank Martin.
Dale O.Miller's plate is unsigned
P.Roach Pierson designed his own plate in1932
The wood engraved plate for John Winthrop Hackett was done by Reg Boulton
I will be posting additional bookplates with old planes later in the week
.If you have any in your collection (from any country)
please send scan(s) and they will be included in the next installment.
John Blatchly has written some excellent reference books .
He was recently elected president of The Bookplate Society so I am delighted to feature his collector profile.
DR JOHN BLATCHLY MBE FSA
My own labels:
My great-great-grandfather's trade card
adapted for my use.
A calligraphic label from the Kindersley
workshop in Cambridge
A wood-engraved rebus plate engraved for
me by John Craig, grandson of Edward Gordon Craig in 2007.
It reads: J B[latch]ly
This plate is for humorous books,
The Revd Dr William Stukeley of Stamford Lincs,
was the founder secretary of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1717. As no
other copy of this armorial is known this is my best bookplate
ex-libris enthusiasts assemble their gatherings somewhat indiscriminately,
whereas in the person of Dr John Blatchly, of Ipswich in Suffolk, you find a methodical student of
British bookplates par excellence. His
main collection is of East Anglian ex-libris, another being of labels of all
periods and places. John's interest in bookplates is scholarly, so for him the
thrill of the chase lies not so much in building a large collection but in
researching and recording details of the owners and engravers of bookplates,
principally those who lived and worked in East
Anglia, comprising the three English
counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
If you ask
what drew John Blatchly into the study of bookplates, he will explain that as headmaster
of Ipswich School he had (like most of his predecessors since 1614) taken
charge of the ancient Town Library of Ipswich, where he found that many early
volumes contained printed gift labels, some dated. Thus in 1984 he approached the late Brian
North Lee for help. Eight years earlier, Brian's Early Printed Book Labels had appeared (rather dry for some
readers, but considered by Brian his best piece of research) without mention of
these hidden labels (since none had strayed from this closed collection). It
led in 1991 to an invitation by Brian (then editor of The Bookplate Journal) for John to write about the armorial
engraved in 1748 for the same Ipswich Library. Later, for the years 1994-98,
when Brian produced the March journal, John edited the September issue, and he
remains a frequent and generous contributor.
to his many articles John has also authored four books issued to members of The
Bookplate Society. His book on Suffolk and Norfolk ex-libris was
published by Society in 2000, followed in 2008 by its companion piece on East
Anglian bookplates. His two other members' books were on the bookplate work of 20th century artists Edward Gordon Craig and George
Wolfe Plank (who was born American, but in 1916 moved to England). With
this wealth of bookplate literature to his credit, we shall no doubt read more
from his pen.
should imagine that John’s sole focus is bookplates, let something be added
about his remarkably wide range of interests. It may perhaps come as a surprise
that as an undergraduate at Cambridge
in the early 1950s he read Natural Sciences, and his PhD in 1965 was for
research in Organic Chemistry. Having retired as headmaster in 1993, he was
made LittD honoris causa for services
to education at the University
of East Anglia, where for
six years he chaired the Centre for East Anglian Studies committee. He led
teams to inspect 20 independent schools over the next seven years. He is a
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, is still archivist and museum curator at Ipswich School and is chairman of the Ipswich
Historic Churches Trust and of the Suffolk Records Society. He worked with the
Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England for five years and was made MBE
for services to heritage. Just recently he has been made a Senior Visiting
Fellow in History in the School
of Arts and Humanities of
University Campus Suffolk. His numerous other non-bookplate books have centred
on local history, he writes a weekly piece for his local paper, he gives talks
to schools and associations, he has appeared on radio and TV discussing his
investigation of the life of Cardinal Wolsey, and his impressive tally of
articles contributed to the Dictionary of
National Biography exceeds fifty. Here is a man, 80 later this year, whose
energy and productivity sets a benchmark so high that most of us will not
attain it. Elected this year in succession to Jim Wilson , he makes a worthy new president of The Bookplate
This month I have received three inquiries about bookplate removal so I have slightly revised an older posting about the way I remove bookplates.
How Do You Remove a Bookplate?
Let us assume you purchased a book with historical significance , an association copy from the library of a president. It would be a crime against future generations to remove the bookplate. On the other hand, if you went to a library book sale and got a Reader's Digest Condensed Book which had a bookplate you wanted, the removal would be completely acceptable.
It's all very subjective .Over the years I have removed many bookplates.
Sometimes the books are donated to a charity, sometimes they are resold on ebay.
Here is the way I remove the bookplates without damaging the book.I would suggest that you start by practicing on distressed items.These instructions should not be used for leather bookplates and those with red dye should be tested first with a moistened Q-Tip, as red tends to bleed.
1) Boil Water
2) Fold a paper towel in quarters and cut it slightly larger than the bookplate
3) Using tongs, immerse the folded towel into the boiling water.
4) Place the steaming towel on top of the bookplate. If the bookplate is on the inside front
cover be sure it is level. You may have to place a saucer under it to keep it level.
5) Wait two minutes and place the point of a knife under a corner of the bookplate. Lift gently
and try to pull off.If you encounter resistance continue to soak another minute.
6) To avoid curling, after removal , place the bookplate between some paper towels ,
place a book on top and let it sit for a day.
Let me know how well this worked for you. From time to time you may be surprised to find a second bookplate under the one you removed.
5/10/2012 The following information should also be noted:
Thank You Mr. Fox
Subject: Re: Bookplate Removal
Lew Jaffe's post on bookplate removal is
good and works well. I would
add one extra step in the process, which is
after the plate is removed,
carefully clean the reverse of any old glue or
paste residue that may be
left by using another piece of damp paper towel or
cotton cloth as a
swab. By doing this you eliminate the possibility of the
itself and sticking the plate back on the drying
George K. Fox
That's all for today.