Sunday, June 28, 2015

Some Recent Arrivals (Show and Tell)

 I try to find information about the owners of bookplates because it pleases do so and it also opens other areas for exploration..

Waldo and Dorothy Heinrichs

The bookplate was designed by H Nelson Poole in 1928

"Waldo Huntley Heinrichs (1891-1959) was born in British India of Baptist missionary parents. Upon graduating from Denison University in 1913, he began a career in the international Y.M.C.A., interrupted by service in the First World War. 
A pursuit (fighter) pilot, he was shot down, severely wounded, and taken prisoner by the Germans in World War I. After the war he earned an MA in history at Columbia University, returned to the Y.M.C.A. in India, and then ran the “*Y” in Jerusalem, Palestine, that was open to all faiths. 
In the 1920s, Heinrichs supported a new Wilsonian world order that would lead to the reduction of military conflict and world peace. He joined the faculty of Middlebury College in 1934 and in 1936 and 1939 took study tours to Europe. During the 1939 trip he gained entrance to German-occupied Czechoslovakia and talked with people under Nazi domination. He became convinced that Nazi power was a threat to free peoples. In 1941 Heinrichs became involved in effort to convince the United States government to purchase arms and lend them to countries fighting the dictators in Europe. The Committee to Defend America (CDA) was organized to muster public opinion in support of intervention in Europe through the Lend Lease Act. The Vermont chapter of CDA formed in the summer of 1940 with Heinrichs serving as one of the co-secretaries. Vermont’s U.S. representative, Charles Plumley, supported the Lend Lease bill, as did one of its U.S. senators, Warren Austin. Newly elected Senator George D. Aiken, however, was opposed to the bill. The CDA’s efforts focused on changing Aiken’s opinion, but they ultimately failed when he voted against the Lend Lease bill on March 8, 1941. The majority of the U.S. Senate and House, however, supported the bill. Heinrichs moved on beyond the CDA to join the new pro-war, public activist group Fight for Freedom."
Edward J. Ill

I was drawn to Dr. Ill's bookplate because his family name  was appropriate to his chosen profession.

 There is a word for someone whose name is well suited to his or her profession.

The word is aptronym

Here are some other examples:

Bruno Fromage - MD of dairy company Danone UK

Rem Koolhaas - Dutch architect

William Wordsworth – poet

Larry Speakes - White House spokesman

Dominique Dropsy - goalkeeper

Here is a link to some biographical information about Dr. Ill

AEP Mystery Leather Bookplates
 I have enlarged these two heart shaped  leather bookplates so they can be seen more clearly.
The are quite small, about 1/2 inch square. They were in a group where many of the owners were physicians. Do  any of you know anything them ?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dr. Archibald Clinton Harte (1865-1946) developed a vision for a permanent YMCA building in Jerusalem and worked tirelessly planning every detail, and for many years raised funds for it. After seven years of construction, the new Jerusalem International YMCA was dedicated in 1933 with the words “Here is a spot whose atmosphere is peace, where political and religious jealousies can be forgotten and international unity be fostered and developed.” Dr. Harte retired to his home, which became known as the “Harte Villa,” on the shores of Galilee in 1931, which he used as a center of hospitality to people of all communities and nations, especially many men and women of the Allied Armed Forces. He bequeathed the “Harte Villa” to the Jerusalem International YMCA to continue and be used as a place of gathering of all people, and to complete his vision of an international Christian center for conference and study on Galilee. Dr. Harte died on Palm Sunday morning of 1946, and was buried in the garden of the “Harte Villa” which is now enclosed as a part of the Harte Chapel on the grounds of today’s Peniel by Galilee.

YMCA Jerusalem
The cornerstone for the Jerusalem YMCA was laid in 1928 by Lord Plumer, the British High Commissioner for Palestine, on a plot of land in the West Nikephoria section of Jerusalem, purchased from the Greek Orthodox Church Patriarchate. When the building opened on April 18, 1933, the event was attended by YMCA leaders from around the world. Every detail of the building, with its elegant arches, domes and tower, was described in the world press, which hailed it as a wellspring of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life. Until 1991, the YMCA stadium was the only soccer stadium in Jerusalem. The building, still standing today, was designed by noted American architect Arthur Loomis Harmon of Shreve, Lamb and Harmon.

Temple Ansche Chesed
This bookplate was designed by M Klein 
"Ansche Chesed was founded in 1829 when a group of German, Dutch and Polish Jews seceded from Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, which itself had splintered off from another New York synagogue, Shearith Israel. Such secessions were not uncommon in pre-Civil War Manhattan, and the precise reasons for the break are no longer known. By the mid-19th century, Ansche Chesed’s membership was dominated by Jews of German origin.
The congregation has occupied at least five buildings at various sites around Manhattan, initially in rented quarters on Grand Street. Its first purpose-built home, on Norfolk Street on the Lower East Side, now houses the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Ansche Chesed later decamped to East 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue, and in 1908 headed further north to then fashionable Harlem where it built a pillared, neo-classical temple at 114th Street and Seventh Avenue (now Adam Clayton Boulevard).
In 1927, Ansche Chesed laid the cornerstone for a new building on West End Avenue and 100th Street. The majestic, buff brick synagogue was dedicated in 1928 and the congregation has remained there since. Designed by architect Edward I. Shire in a synthesis of Romanesque and Byzantine styles, the barrel-vaulted sanctuary seats 1,600 people, with a subterranean social hall and gymnasium and an adjacent five-story community house with a chapel seating 110.
The stock market crash just one year after the completion of the West End Avenue premises hit Ansche Chesed hard. Nonetheless, it managed to revive after the Depression. By the 1960s and 70s, large numbers of middle and upper class Jews had left the Upper West Side, and Ansche Chesed’s membership dwindled. Ensuing financial distress became so dire that the United Synagogue of America assumed control over the building in 1975.
But by the late 1970s, younger members of small minyans, including the West Side Minyan, an offshoot of the chavurah movement, brought new life and vigor to the congregation. Another davening community, Minyan Ma’at, was established in the early 1980s and became an integral part of Ansche Chesed. In 1997, Minyan Rimonim began holding bimonthly Shabbat services at the synagogue.
Under Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Ansche Chesed’s minyanim have continued holding separate services on most Shabbats, but congregational unity has grown significantly along with increasing interaction and synergy among the prayer groups. The congregation is governed by a board of trustees representing all the minyanim, and operates joint social action initiatives, family and adult education programs, and a Hebrew School."

1 comment:

Unknown said...

As the great grandson of Waldo Heinrichs it was a pleasant surprise to come across your blog post and see this unique relic from his life. Thanks for posting. I'm curious as to what book and where is this located?