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.
Harold Moss was an American expatriate poet, and magazine
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
the bookstore owned by Sylvia
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*
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.
published an autobiography, Designing Male, in
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
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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Labels: Clara Tice Bookplates.The Quill, Howard Greer and Edith Head