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    The Clothier and Furnisher

    August 1889

    September 1889

    October 1889

    November 1889

    December 1889

    January 1890

    January 1890

    January 1890

    Items of Interest from the Stock of Bierman, Heidelberg & Co
    Selected pages

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    Alfred Benjamin & Co.

    (Next post on Monday: McCrorey Building)

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  • 03/06/17--05:00: Creator: Alan Aldridge

    June 1, 1943 – February 17, 2017

    The Guardian

    February 20, 2017
    How Alan Aldridge made the 60s swing – in pictures

    The Guardian
    February 22, 2017
    Alan Aldridge obituary

    Design Week
    February 24, 2017
    Remembering Alan Aldridge: the revolutionary graphic designer of the “swinging sixties”

    The Telegraph
    February 28, 2017
    Alan Aldridge, Sixties psychedelic illustrator – obituary

    Famous Graphic Designers
    Alan Aldridge

    Alan Aldridge at the Design Museum

    The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

    The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2 (1971)

    Bernie Taupin: The One Who Writes the Words for Elton John (1976)

    The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1973; 2009)

    The Peacock Party (1979)

    The Ship’s Cat (1977)

    Further Reading
    Vintage Children’s Book: The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, Part One; Part Two; Part Three

    (Next post on Monday: Stat Store Publishing)

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    •  S U N S E T  P A R K ,  B R O O K L Y N  •
    850 3rd Avenue (at 31st Street)

    About the designer, Dave Cortes
    Related post: Avengers: Age of Awnings

    (Next post on Monday: Comics for Collectors)

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    •   I T H A C A,  N E W  Y O R K   •
    207 North Aurora Street

    The Comic Book Club of Ithaca

    (Next post on Monday: Liberty)

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    August 8, 1912
    see bottom right-hand corner of page 1562

    Rockford Register-Gazette
    August 15, 1912
    page 8, column 2: Liberty is being free from the things we don’t like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.—Life.

    San Francisco Chronicle
    April 8, 1917
    Cartoonagrams by Charles A. Ogden
    Second tier, first panel: Behold a chick getting it’s first liberty. Liberty is being free from the things we don’t like in order to be slaves of the things we do like. 

    Further Reading
    The Big Apple

    (Next post on Monday: Vivian Berg)

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  • 04/03/17--05:00: Letterer: Vivian Berg

  • Vivian Berg was born Vivian Lipman on January 4, 1923, in New Rochelle, New York.

    In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, the Lipman family resided in New Rochelle, New York, at 43-45 North Avenue. Vivian was the youngest of four children born to Benjamin, a grocery store proprietor, and Mary, both Russian emigrants who arrived in the United States in 1905. Vivian’s siblings were born in Connecticut.

    The Daily Argus (Mount Vernon, New York), September 19, 1939, published this item:

    Tau Alpha Meeting
    Tau Alpha will hold a meeting tonight at the home of Miss Vivian Lipman, 22 Burling Lane, at 9 o’clock.
    According to the 1940 census, the Lipmans remained in New Rochelle but at a different address, 22 Burling Lane.

    Women in Comics said Vivian studied at Cooper Union, where she met her future husband Dave Berg.

    Women in Comics also said Vivian worked for MLJ (Archie) and Classics Illustrated in the 1940s. Women and the Comics (1985) mentioned Vivian twice. About the publisher MLJ, Women and the Comics said “Vivian Lipman Berg (who edited Archie and inked the art, wrote puzzle pages and text pieces for the company and scripted and drew ‘Three Monkey Teers‘).” Regarding Timely Comics, the book said “Vivian Lipman Berg wrote text pieces for the company in 1942”.

    According to Who’s Who in Writers, Editors & Poets, United States & Canada (1995), Vivian and Berg married on March 3, 1949.

    The Orangetown Telegram (Pearl River, New York), December 8, 1950, reported the South Main P.T.A. enrollment drive and said: “The kindergarten, registering 113%, had a separate party in the Parish House of St. Paul's Episcopal Church under the direction of the teacher, Miss Vivian Lipman.”

    In the 1960s, Vivian was a letterer for DC Comics. Two titles she worked on were Doom Patrol #117 (below) and Superboy #118.

    Dave Berg was profiled in the Daily News (Tarrytown, New York), on April 17, 1977. Berg was asked where he got his ideas for his long-running MAD feature “The Lighter Side”.
    Everywhere, he answers, saying his wife, Vivian, loves to read so she helps with the research. For example, for a “lighter side of modern technology,” she read the book “Future Shock” for ideas. Discussion and the comic followed.
    MAD’s Greatest Artists: Dave Berg: Five Decades of “The Lighter Side Of…” (2013) has a sample of Vivian and Dave in “The Lighter Side of…Teenage Phases” from MAD #248, July 1984.

    At some point, Vivian and her family moved to Marina Del Rey, California.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, Vivian was a magazine writer and illustrator according to Who’s Who of American Comics Books 1928–1999.

    Vivian’s husband died in 2002. Vivian passed away December 21, 2014, in California.

    (Next post on Monday: McCrorey Building)

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    Stat Store 1988 brochure of services and prices was designed by Alexander Isley
    Brochure is in the collection of the North Carolina State University Libraries.

    Brochure sleeve, front and back
    3.5 x 3.5 inches / 8.9 x 8.9 centimeters

    Panels 1–2

    Panels 3–4

    Panels 5–6

    Panels 7–8

    Panels 9–10

    Panels 11–12

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    The Stat Store

    (Next post on Monday: McCrorey Building)

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    West 18th Street near 6th Avenue, Manhattan

    (Next post on Monday: Hollywood Type Casting)

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  • 04/24/17--05:00: Comics: Carl Burgos

  • Carl Burgos was born Max Finkelstein on April 18, 1916, in New York, New York. The birth date is based on the Social Security Death Index and his parents’ petitions for naturalization at

    Burgos’s father was Isidor Finkelstein, a tailor, whose naturalization petition, dated December 13, 1923, said he was born in Moghielev, Russia, on October 25, 1886. (
    Isidor’s World War II draft card said his birth was October 15, 1886 in Zlobin, Russia.) He sailed on the steamship Merion which departed Antwerp, Belgium, on November 16, 1907. The ship arrived in New York City on November 29, 1907. Isidor became a naturalized citizen February 14, 1927.

    Burgos’s mother was Ester Bielin, a dressmaker, whose naturalization petition said she was born in Stressin, Russia, on March 2, 1886. She sailed on the steamship Samland which departed from Antwerp, Belgium. The ship arrived in New York City on April 2, 1907. She married Isidor on August 26, 1911. On the petition, dated June 27, 1941, her first name was spelled Esther. She became a naturalized citizen July 16, 1942.

    Burgos’s brother, Rubin Finkelstein, was born March 2, 1912, in New York City. Rubin married Clara Cantor on March 30, 1935 in Manhattan, according to the New York, New York, Marriage Index at Clara passed away May 22, 1996. Rubin passed away May 20, 2003.

    The 1920 U.S. Federal Census recorded the Finkelsteins in Manhattan, New York City at 191 East 100 Street.

    The same address was in the 1925 New York state census.

    In the 1930 census, the Finkelstein family resided in the Bronx at 945 Faile Street.

    In the Steranko History of Comics (1970), page 58, Steranko wrote:
    The man responsible for the inflammable fury [The Human Torch] was Carl Burgos. Born in New York in 1917 [sic], his childhood was little different than most others except for his natural artistic talent and unruly imagination. In his early teens he enrolled in the National Academy of Design. “I quit after one year because I couldn’t learn enough,” Burgos says.

    At 17, he took a job with the Franklin Engraving Company which just happened to be the firm that engraved the plates for a line of comic books produced by Harry A. Chesler. For the first time, Burgos was exposed to stacks of original comic art. Whenever possible, he took the time to study the artist’s techniques, their pen styles and brush strokes. He discovered he could draw as well as some and better than a few who already worked in comics. He formulated an idea about becoming a comic artist. What could he lose?
    An overview of Burgos’s comics career is at Who’s Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Many of his comic book credits are at the Grand Comics Database. A collection of images from Google is here.

    According to the 1940 census, Burgos and his parents lived at 602 West 157th Street in Manhattan. Burgos’s occupation was artist in the newspaper industry. He had completed four years of high school.

    A 1942 Manhattan city directory had this listing: “Burgos Carl 602W157…..AU dubn 3-4117”.

    During World War II, Burgos enlisted as Max Finkelstein. In the Steranko History of Comics, Burgos said “I started in the Air Force, took infantry ranger training, went overseas as a rifleman, was transferred to the Signal Corps, and came back in the engineers. It sounds crazy, but it could only happen to a comic book man.” The Department of Veterans Affairs Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File, at Ancestry. com, said he was discharged March 18, 1946.

    Alter Ego #49, June 2005, published “The Privacy Act of Carl Burgos”, Jim Amash’s interview with Burgos’s daughter Susan, a teacher and animation artist. She mentioned her mother, Doris, sister, Linda, grandparents and uncle. 
    Doris’s Social Security application, at, had her full maiden name. In July 1947 her name was Doris Finkelstein, then 
    in September 1948 she was Doris Burgos.

    In 1968 Burgos filed copyright renewals on his creation, the Human Torch. The renewal registrations were published in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 22, Part 1, Number 1, Section 1, Books and Pamphlets, Current and Renewal Registrations, January–June 1968, on page 1256 

    and in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 22, Part 1, Number 2, Section 1, Books and Pamphlets, Current and Renewal Registrations, July–December 1968, on pages 2761 and 2762. 

    Burgos’s copyright renewal filings were mentioned in the article “The true story of life at Marvel Comics in the glory days of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee”.

    Burgos passed away March 5, 1984, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS file. American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s (2013) said Burgos died on March 7. The Social Security Death Index said Burgos’s last residence was Franklin Square, New York. His wife, Doris, passed away January 2, 2002.

    Further Reading
    Timely-Atlas-Comics: Happy 100th Birthday To Carl Burgos

    Comics Alliance
    The Weird World of Eerie Publications: Comic Gore That Warped Millions of Young Minds
    The Beat: When Carl Burgos tried to sue for the Human Torch
    Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution
    Sub-Mariner & The Original Human Torch, Volume 1
    Alter Ego #108, April 2012: “With the Fathers of Our Heroes
    Find a Grave
    Lambiek Comiclopedia

    (Next post on Monday: Hollywood Type Casting)

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    The New Movie Magazine

    May 1933
    Greta Garbo

    The New Movie Magazine, August 1933

    The New Movie Magazine
    June 1933

    The New Movie Magazine, September 1933

    The New Movie Magazine
    July 1933

    The New Movie Magazine, October 1933

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    Happy Thanksgiving, 1918

    (Next post on Monday: Artie Simek, Sports Cartoonist)

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    Long Island Daily Press
    (Jamaica, New York)

    July 13, 1940

    July 26, 1940

    August 3, 1940

    August 10, 1940

    August 17, 1940

    August 24, 1940

    August 31, 1940

    September 14, 1940

    September 21, 1940

    November 16, 1940

    January 18, 1941

    March 4, 1941

    March 17, 1941

    March 21, 1941

    April 4, 1941

    June 21, 1941

    July 25, 1941

    August 1, 1941
    August 16, 1941

    September 13, 1941

    September 19, 1941

    (Long Island City, New York)

    April 15, 1944

    July 6, 1944

    July 25, 1944

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    Ben Oda
    Irv Watanabe
    Morrie Kuramoto
    Ira Schnapp and here
    Martin DeMuth
    Zoltan and Terry Szenics
    Albert and Charlotte Jetter

    (Next post on Monday: Ampersand Cocktail)

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  • 05/15/17--05:00: Ampersand Cocktail

  • Old Waldorf Bar Days
    With the Cognomina and Composition of Four Hundred and Ninety-one Appealing Appetizers and Salutary Potations Long Known, Admired and Served at the Famous Big Brass Rail; Also, a Glossary for the Use of Antiquarians and Students of American Mores
    Albert Stevens Crockett
    Aventine Press, 1931
    page 117: Ampersand
    Two dashes Orange Bitters
    One-third Brandy
    One-third Tom Gin
    One-third Italian Vermuth [sic]
    Stir; strain; two dashes of Curacao on top

    The American Printer
    March 1937
    page 44: Re: Ampersand Cocktail
    As promised on page 26, we give below ingredients and directions for making the Ampersand Cocktail, formerly a favorite in the barroom of the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street....

    The ingredients are:
    Two dashes orange bitters
    One-third brandy
    One-third Tom gin
    One-third Italian vermouth
    Two dashes of Curacao on top

    Directions: Put the ingredients into a shaker in the order named, then add cracked ice—shake vigorously and strain into the cocktail glass and serve promptly. The more you shake it, the weaker it gets.

    Special Editorial P.S. The one we got at the Ampersandinner must have been shaken early. It was potent!

    (Next post on Monday: Trademarks, July 4, 1916)

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    Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office

    (Next post on Monday: Krazy!)

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  • 05/29/17--05:00: Street Scene: Krazy!

    2009 exhibition at the Japan Society

    (Next post on Monday: Voyager, Winter 1994 Catalog)

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    56 pages plus covers with fold-out order form
    Design by Alexander Isley Design
    “3SIXTY” title by Mark Gozonsky and John Barth/Opposite Field

    Selected Pages

    Mailing Wrapper

    (Next post on Monday: & a.k.a. Song of the &)

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    (Next post on Monday: & a.k.a. Song of the &)

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  • 06/19/17--05:00: & a.k.a. Song of the &

  • Punch
    April 17, 1869
    Of all the types in a printer’s hand,
    Commend me to the Amperzand, 
    For he’s the gentleman (seems to me)
    Of the typographical companie.
    O, my nice little Amperzand,
    My graceful, swanlike Amperzand;
    Nothing that Cadmus ever planned
    Equals my elegant Amperzand!

    He’s never bothered, like A.B.C.
    In Index, Guide, and Directorie:
    He’s never stuck on a Peeler’s coat,
    Nor hung to show where the folks must vote.
    No, my nice little Amperzand, 
    My plumb and curly Amperzand.
    When I’ve a pen in a listless hand,
    I’m always making an Amperzand!

    Many a letter your writers hate,
    Ugly q, with his tall so straight,
    x, that makes you cross as a bear,
    And z, that makes you with zouns to swear.
    But not my nice little Amperzand,
    My easily dashed off Amperzand,
    Any odd shape folks understand
    To mean my Protean Amperzand!

    Nothing for him that’s starch or stiff,
    Never he’s used in scold or tiff,
    State epistles, so dull and grand,
    Mustn’t contain the shortened and.
    No, my nice little Amperzand,
    You’re good for those who’re jolly and bland,
    In days when letters were dried with sand
    Old frumps wouldn’t use my Amperzand!

    But he is dear in old friendship’s call, 
    Or when love is laughing through lady-scrawl:
    “Come & dine, & have bachelor’s fare,”
    “Come, & I’ll keep you Round & Square.”
    Yes, my nice little Amperzand
    Never must into a word expand,
    Gentle sign of affection stand,
    My kind, familiar Amperzand.

    “Letters Five do form his name:”
    His, who Millions doth teach and tame:
    If I could not be in that Sacred Band,
    I’d be the affable Amperzand.
    Yes, my nice little Amperzand,
    And when P.U.N.C.H. is driving his five-in-hand,
    I’ll have a velocipede, neatly planned
    In the shape of a fly-away Amperzand.

    Hanwell.   Scandula Exoluta.

    Reprinted in its entirety or in part in many publications

    Every Saturday
    May 15, 1869

    Littell’s Living Age

    June 19, 1869

    Wit and Humour

    (Poems from “Punch”)
    Shirley Brooks
    Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1875

    The Christian Union

    October 2, 1890

    The Gentleman’s Magazine

    November 1892

    Historic Magazine and Notes and Queries

    November-December 1902
    The Song of the Ampersand

    T. P.’s Weekly

    April 10, 1903
    A Song of the &

    (Next post on Monday: Trademarks, July 11, 1916)

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    Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office

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    (Next post on Monday: 12 & 14 East 8 Street)

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      N E W  Y O R K  C I T Y  
    12 & 14 East 8 Street, Manhattan

    (Next post on Monday: John Lewis Childs’ Catalogues, 1900–1919)

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    •  W A S H I N G T O N ,   D C  •
    1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW

    Business Card

    (Next post on Monday: Trademarks, July 18, 1916)

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    Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office

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    From the pages of Rocket’s Blast-Comicollector
    Comic convention news and advertisements

    RBCC 39 (1965)
    Academy of Comic Book Fans and Collectors
    David Kaler mentioned

    RBCC 52 (1967)
    David Kaler profiled; Roy Thomas and Denny O’Neil mentioned

    RBCC 42 (1965)
    New York City Comicon
    Phil Seuling mentioned

    RBCC 45 (1966) 
    Gateway Con

    RBCC 50 (1967)
    The 1967 Houston Comic Convention

    RBCC 52 (1967) 
    Academy Con 1967
    Mark Hanerfeld mentioned

    RBCC 56 (1968) 
    Southwesterncon (also printed in RBCC 57)

    RBCC 59 (1968) 
    G.B. Love’s review of the Southwesterncon 1968

    RBCC 60 (1968) 

    Phil Seuling and family mentioned

    RBCC 62 (1969) 
    The 1969 Houston Comic Convention

    RBCC 62 (1969) 
    Southwestern Con

    RBCC 63 (1969) 
    Houston Con 69

    RBCC 63 (1969) 
    Southwestern Con

    RBCC 63 (1969) 
    The 1969 Comic Art Convention
    Luncheon Photo

    Further Reading
    1964 in comics
    1965 in comics
    1966 in comics
    1967 in comics
    1968 in comics
    1969 in comics

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    Phoenix Con 1970 and 1972

    (Next post on Monday: John Lewis Childs’ Catalogs, 1920–1931)

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    Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office

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    Trademarks, July 11, 1916
    Trademarks, July 18, 1916

    (Next post on Monday: Jack Kirby’s “Facts” You Haven’t Seen)