Sunday, May 04, 2014

Clara Tice,The Quill, Howard Greer and Edith Head

Yesterday's flea market excursion provided me with a few ephemeral items one of which intersects with my bookplate collection.I obtained a copy of The Quill a monthly magazine devoted to Greenwich Village.
What caught my eye was the distinctive  cover art by Clara Tice.

The Quill was started by Arthur H.Moss, a vagabond publisher.

"Arthur Harold Moss  was an American expatriate poet, and magazine editor.
In 1917, he returned to Greenwich Village, founding The Quill with partner Harold Hersey and was managing editor and wrote articles. It included artists Clara TiceWood GaylorMark Toby and Alfred J Frueh; writers included Ben De Casseres.
He married Millia Davenport (1895–1992) and worked with her at The Quill. They co-authored, The Quill: For And By Greenwich Village, vol.4, no.8, 1919.
They separated shortly thereafter. She went on to design costumes.
In 1920, he hired his future wife Florence Gilliam to edit Quill. In 1921 they moved to Paris, into a small apartment near
Shakespeare & Company, the bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach"

Getting back to Clara Tice,here are some examples of her bookplates:

These Next Items were submitted by Tom Boss

Here is a photo of Clara Tice and her dog

If you have any Clara Tice bookplates please send scans and they will be added to this posting

I found a well researched site by Patricia Guenter which is devoted to Clara Tice.
 It includes a biography and a bibliography:

When I was a kid cigarettes came in packages with Aluminum foil.
The foil was different from what we are accustomed to using nowadays.
 It was laminated onto  paper.
Edith Head the Hollywood Costume designer had a bookplate which was printed on the old fashioned 
Aluminum foil  and for this reason it has not aged well .
Under magnification by the elephants rear leg you can see the artist's name Howard Greer*

*"Howard Greer (16 April 1896 – April 1974),  Hollywood fashion and costume in the Golden Age of American cinema.
Greer began his fashion career at Lucile in 1916, working in both her New York and Chicago branches.
He served in France during World War I. After the war, he remained in Europe, working for Lucille, Paul Poiret, and Molyneux..
He returned to America in 1921, and through his theatre work was hired as chief designer for Famous Players-Lasky studios, which was later to emerge from several reorganizations and mergers as Paramount Pictures.
Greer left his post at Paramount and opened his own couture operation in Hollywood in December 1927, where he designed custom clothing for the stars until his retirement in 1962.
He also continued to create costumes for films into the 1950’s, and designed mass-market clothing.
His best known film work includes the Katharine Hepburn films Christopher Strong(1933) and Bringing Up Baby (1938), and the gowns for 1940's My Favorite Wife.
Greer published an autobiography, Designing Male, in 1951."

John Renjilian sent the following information upcoming book shows.

If you have not tried it lately, go to the newly revamped
This is promised to be the most complete list of fairs in the country and will be well worth keeping in mind
I'll see you next Sunday with a guest article about Amy M. Sacker

One More Thing

Here are some ads  fromThe Quill

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