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    A CHRONOLOGY

    John Thomson Willing was born August 5, 1860 in Toronto, Canada, according to a family tree at Ancestry.com. The same birth date was published in Herringshaw’s American Blue Book of Biography: Prominent Americans of 1914, although Willing’s middle name was spelled Thompson. Artnet and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts have Willing’s middle name as Thompson. According to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Willing was born in August 1861 and immigrated in 1883.

    Rose-Belford’s Canadian Monthly and National Review
    May 1880
    A Gossip About the First Dominion Art Exhibition
    …The same form—the cone—reappears in a design for a book-cover, by J. T. Willing, No. 283, only on a smaller scale—that of a larch. This and two others by the same hand, in which the Trillium, the beaver, and other purely Canadian subjects appear, are all admirably treated. These also have carried off a prize.

    Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
    1883 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and Ontario Society of Artists Catalogue
    T. Hill & Sons Press, 1883
    page 20: Screen. West Side.
    Etchings & Drawings in Black & White
    318 Wood Engraver at Work….J.T. Willing

    page 21: Corridor. East End.
    Architecture and Design.
    328 Four Designs for Christmas Cards…..J.T. Willing…..35 [price]

    The Dominion Annual Register and Review
    Henry James Morgan
    Dawson Brothers, 1884
    John T. Willing and John Ellis, designers, of Toronto

    The Critic and Good Literature
    July 5, 1884
    A letter to Mr. J. T. Willing, from the author of ‘My Creed,’ is lying at this office. It will be forwarded on receipt of his address. A correspondent sends us a copy of the Boston Journal of year or two ago, containing two sonnets, the first of which is closely modeled on the poem named above.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    July 12, 1885
    The Brooklyn Magazine has not gone away for the Summer. On the contrary, the July number is happy in “Roses Culled from Brooklyn Gardens,” wherein several poetic Brooklynites “drop into poetry” with the affability go Silas Wegg. in these poems J. Thomson Willing, from his Brooklyn boarding house, “climbs up an open mountain side.”

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    September 5, 1886
    “Longing” by J. Thomson Willing

    New York, New York, Marriage Index
    John T Willing and Charlotte Vanderveer
    November 18, 1886, Brooklyn, New York

    Canadian Leaves, History, Art, Science, Literature, Commerce
    A Series of New Papers Read Before the Canadian Club of New York
    Edited by George M Fairchild Jr.
    Illustrated by Thomson Willing
    Napoleon Thomson & Company, 1887

    The New York Times
    January 8, 1887
    The Snowshoers Leave.
    …The Hotel Brunswick was the scene of a unique dinner party in the evening tendered by Mr. Erastus Wiman in honor of Mr. J. W. Burgough, the witty caricaturist of the Toronto Grip, who accompanied the snowshoe clubs as one of the most enthusiastic followers of the sport. The tastefully decorated table was surrounded by most of the leading caricaturists and humorists of the city, in which gatherings of the representative artists and humorists have been all too rare. Speech followed speech with graceful tributes from the artistic Bohemia of New-York to the genial guest from Canada and all the guests will record the occasion in their new diaries with a red letter. The names of the guests are familiar to everybody. Mr. Joseph Keppler, of Puck, beamed at Mr. Thomas Nast, of Harper’s Weekly. Mr. J. A. Mitchell, of Life, peered through his gold glasses at Mr. Harry McVickar, of the same paper. Mr. Bernard Gillam, of Judge, sat by Baron C. de Grimm, and interspersed with the merry company were Mr. Grant Hamilton, Mr. H. R. Hart, and Mr. Eugene Zimmerman, of Judge, and J. Thompson Willing, of the Canadian Royal Academy.

    Syracuse Daily Standard
    (New York)
    January 8, 1887
    Cartoonists at a Picnic.
    New York, Jan. 7.—A unique dinner party was given at New York last evening at the Hotel Brunswick in which most of the leading caricaturists and humorists of the city participated. The dinner was given by Erastus Winan [sic] in honor of J. W. Bengough [sic], editor of the Toronto Grip. The following were among the distinguished guests: Joseph Keppler of Puck; Thomas Nast of Harper’s Weekly; Bernard Gillam of Judge; C. DeGrimm of the Evening Telegram; Eugene Zimmerman of Judge; Mr. McVicker [sic] of Life; Grant Hamilton of Judge; J. A. Mitchell of Life; H. R. Hart of Judge, and J. Thompson Willing of the Canadian Royal Academy.

    The Clothier and Furnisher
    May 1887
    Alfred Benjamin & Co. advertisement signed T.W. 
    These advertisements might be by Willing.
































    The Critic
    June 2, 1888
    Mr. Edward Greey has published in the form of a handsome pamphlet ‘A History of Japanese Bronze,’ written by himself and fully illustrated with reproductions of some of the superb specimens in his gallery. The author gives an account of the prehistoric, the ancient and the modern bronzes. The drawings by Thomson Willing are well composed.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer
    (Ohio)
    June 4, 1888
    Mr. Edward Greey has published in the form of a handsome pamphlet “A History of Japanese Bronze,” written by himself and fully illustrated with productions of some of the superb specimens in his gallery. The author gives an account of the prehistoric, the ancient and the modern bronzes. The drawings are by Thomson Willing.

    1888–1889 Brooklyn, New York Directory
    Name: John T. Willing
    Location 1: 7 Warren N. Y.
    Location 2: 240 Carroll
    Occupation: Artist

    The Clothier and Furnisher
    November 1889
    Alfred Benjamin & Co. advertisement signed T. Willing

































    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    February 7, 1892
    The Brooklyn Art School.
    William B. Chase Elected instructor in the Life Classes.
    The following artists are patrons of the Brooklyn art school: …Thomson Willing…

    Some Old Time Beauties
    (After Portraits by the English Masters, with Embellishment and Comment)
    Thomson Willing
    Joseph Knight Company, 1894


























































    1894 Brooklyn, New York Directory
    Name: John T. Willing
    Home address: 247 Carroll
    Business address: 757 Broadway N.Y.
    Occupation: Artist

    The Evening Post
    (New York, New York)
    December 24, 1894
    The Joseph Knight Co. (Boston) publish as a holiday volume ‘Some Old- Beauties,’ ten portraits of famous beauties by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, Lawrence, and others, with embellishment and comment by Thomson Willing. The comment is mildly gossiping and entertaining, the embellishment is clever if florid, and the portraits, being re-produced from engravings, not from the originals, are of little value as examples of the art of the painters represented, though answering their purpose of satisfying curiosity as to the personal appearance of the sitters. The book is prettily got up
    and likely to be popular as a gift-book.

    The New York Times
    January 10, 1895
    To Protect the Authors
    It was announced yesterday at the regular meeting of the American Authors’ Guild, which looks after the business interests of literary folk, while the Authors’ Club is their social organization, that Postmaster Bissell has practically promised that the postal rates on authors’ manuscripts will be reduced as soon as the change can be made. Manuscripts will then be subject to the same rates as newspapers.

    …The meeting was held in the Bible House…The following were elected to membership: …J. Thompson Willing...

    The Publishers’ Weekly
    December 21, 1895
    Willing, Thomson.

    Dames of High Degree
    Being Portraits After English Masters With Decorations and Biographical Notes
    Thomson Willing
    Joseph Knight Company, 1896





































    Trow’s (formerly Wilson's) Business Directory of the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, City of New York, 1897
    Designers & Draughtsmen
    Willing Thomson, 70, 5th av

    The New York Times
    February 5, 1898
    At the Salmagundi Club
    The semi-monthly dinners at the Salmagundi Club are becoming more and more frequently the delightful beginning of an evening set apart for the development of a special art idea. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 125 members and guests dined in the large exhibition gallery of the club and proceeded thereafter with the painting of tiles for an elaborate fireplace designed by Mr. William C. Ostrander. The design provides for seven important pictures on groups of four-inch tiles…

    …The work of the evening was on individual tiles, without restriction of design, which are to form the four-inch borders. All the work is in a warm brown tone, as the completed fireplace is to be set up in the red cafe….

    …The mottoes, it should be mentioned, which are a part of the design, will be the work of Mr. Thomson Willing, and the tiles are to be fired by Mr. Charles Volkmar, one of the oldest members of the club….

    Northern Christian Advocate
    (Syracuse, New York)
    September 7, 1898
    The Macmillan Company will publish in the early autumn The Great Salt Lake Trail; by Colonel Henry Inman and the Hon. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill). This will be a companion volume to the Old Santa Fe Trail, and will be illustrated with eight full-page drawings by F. Coman Clarke, and initials and tail pieces by Thomson Willing….

    Dinner to the Right Hon. Lord Herschell
    November 5, 1898
    [Museum of the City of New York; click red cover to see illustration and lettering]

    New York Herald
    November 5, 1898
    Joseph Jefferson, who is a painter and illustrator as well as an actor, is making some drawings for the forthcoming second edition de luxe of “The Rivals,” to be published by J. Parker White. The other illustrations, instead of being all imaginary, as were those in the first edition, will consist largely of reproductions from photographs of Mr. Jefferson as Bob Acres in various scenes. Clinedienst and Thomson Willing will also contribute illustrations. Besides making drawings Mr. Jefferson will write an introduction and critically revise the text.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    November 24, 1898
    Mr. Keely’s Funeral
    The funeral of John W. Keely took place yesterday morning from his late residence, 1632 Oxford street, and was attended by many friends and business associates of the late inventor….

    The honorary pall-bearers were…John T. Willing…

    Trow’s (formerly Wilson’s) Business Directory of the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, City of New York, 1898
    Designers & Draughtsmen
    Willing Thomson, 70, 5th av

    New York Herald
    February 5, 1899
    An Artists’ Lounging Club
    …To have a mantelpiece which, instead of being the work of some firm of interior decorators, is composed of tiles painted by distinguished artists sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? But the dream is realized in Salmagundi’s lounging room. At the east end is a mantel decorated in blue and white by members of the club. The large centre panel is by Van Laer, the uprights by Dessar, the sides by Drake and Redmonti. Other artists represented are Thomson Willing, E. N. Blue, Frank Russell Green, Earle, Miller, Naegeli, Ostrander, who laid out the general scheme, and Volkmar.

    1900 United States Federal Census
    108 45th Street, Manhattan, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John Willing, 38, art designer [immigrated 1883]
    Charlotte E Willing, 35 [wife]
    Jessie G Willing, 12 [daughter]
    Vanderveer Willing, 10 [son]
    Harriett Vanderveer, 63 [mother-in-law]

    The New York Times
    April 21, 1900
    The second annual library dinner of the Salmagundi Club, followed by the sale at auction of the usual twenty-four decorated mugs, limited, registered, and signed, took place on the evening of Friday, April 13….

    The sum realized from the sale was $613.53, against $397 last year. This sum will be expended by the librarian, William Henry Shelton, and the new members of the Library Committee, Thomson Willing and James B. Carrington of Scribners’ Magazine….

    Brooklyn Life
    January 12, 1901
    One of the most interesting collections of prints in this country is being made by the Salmagundi Club, which has undertaken the formation of a pictorial history of the fashions of the nineteenth century….Each volume is to have a special title-page by Thomson Willing, the chief decorative
    feature of which will be a miniature head typical of the period.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    April 14, 1902
    Gave Professor a Banquet
    A banquet was tendered to Professor Diegendesch on Saturday night, at the School of Industrial Art, by the students of Life Class, ’02. Thompson Willing and C. Thompson, superintendent of the Art School, were two of the guests.

    Boyd’s Blue Book: A Directory from Selected Streets of Philadelphia and Surroundings
    C.E. Howe Company, 1906
    Wayne Avenue
    5909 Mr. & Mrs. John Thomson Willing

    Twain Quotes
    Mark Twain’s Illustrated Biography
    These installments followed the unillustrated serialized edition of Autobiography that appeared in North American Review although the segments were not identical. John Thomson Willing was the art editor of the Associated Sunday Magazines and it is likely that he made the arrangements with the various illustrators for the artwork. Willing later informed F. Luis Mora that Mark Twain was very enthusiastic about the color portrait that was featured on the cover of Sunday Magazine that introduced the series on October 27, 1907.

    Castings
    November 1907
    The meeting was called to order at 8:20 by President J. T. Willing. The secretary reported that he had sent the report of the last meeting for publication in the technical papers and that the association had decided

    1910 United States Federal Census
    5909 Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John T Willing, 48, magazine editor
    Charlotte E Willing, 48 [wife]
    Jessie G Willing, 22 [daughter]
    Vander Veer Willing, 20 [son]
    Elizabeth H Willing, 3 [daughter]
    Mary F Lillie, 42 [servant]
    Mary E Paschall, 37 [servant]

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    August 13, 1911
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomson Willing and their daughter, Miss Willing, who are passing the summer in their bungalow at Guilford, Conn., will return to their home, 5900 Wayne avenue, on September 20.

    The New York Times
    November 3, 1911
    Artists Welcome Craig
    Book, magazine and newspaper illustrator packed Keen’s English Chophouse in West Thirty-sixth Street last night to do honor to Frank Craig, one of the foremost English artists, who has done much work for book and magazine publishers in this country.

    More than one hundred of the best known artists and illustrators in the city were present, and the dinner had not progressed far before the news got abroad that, while it was still something of a secret, the real occasion for rejoicing among the artists was that Mr. Craig was about to cast off some of his British ties and become an American by permanent residence at least….

    …The dinner was a long way from being formal, since Charles Dana Gibson, toastmaster, Montagne Glass, Mr. Craig himself, and other kindred spirits were out to tell stories and sing songs….

    …Among the artists and writers present were Andre Castagne, Harrison Fisher, Arthur I. Keller, Wallace Morgan, http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2016/07/ink-slinger-profiles-by-alex-jay_26.html T.B. Wells, Alonzo Kimball, W.L. Jacobs, C.D. Williams, Lucius Wolcott Hitchcock, J.H. Chapin, art editor of Scribner’s Magazine, Montgomery Flagg, John Thomson Willing, and Troy Kinney.

    American Graphic Art
    Frank Weitenkampf
    Henry Holt and Company, 1912
    The Book-Plate
    …Thomson Willing, Victor S. Perard, Henry Mayer and A. F. Matthews. To them may be added the architects Russell Sturgis (Avery Architectural Library, Columbia University: in form of tablet), Charles I. Berg, A. W. Brunner, George Fletcher

    The Washington Herald
    (Washington, DC)
    February 23, 1913
    Learn One Thing Every Day (Washington Herald advertisement)

    The Washington Herald
    (Washington, DC)
    March 6, 1913
    Six Famous Beauties of Former Times
    Read About Them in The Herald Columns Every Day Next Week.
    Beautiful Women! What a world of meaning those two words convey. The makers of kingdoms; the destroyers of empires; the inspiration of warriors and poets of statesmen and painters. How much we should like to have met those old time beauties who inspired famous artists to paint some of their greatest pictures.

    We know some thing of their charm from their portraits, and we can own copies of the portraits painted by these artists. Mr. J. Thomson Willing, author of “Some Old Time Beauties,” and “Dames of High Degree,” will introduce you to six of these beautiful women in next week’s “Mentor.” They are the Duchess of Devonshire, Mrs. Sarah Siddons, Madame Vigee Le Brun, Queen Louisa of Prussia, Madame Recamier, and the Countess Zofia Potocka.

    And each day in the columns of The Herald the story of one of these portraits will be told. On Monday you will read the story of how Thomas Gainsborough came to be a painter. This genius had a queer taste for learning to play all sorts of musical instruments. Gainsborough painted the portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire.

    Mrs. Sarah Siddons was the greatest actress that the British stage has ever known. Her famous portrait as the “Tragic Muse” was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Tuesday’s paper will tell you about them both.

    Besides being a very beautiful woman, Vigee Le Brun was a great artist. By the tune she was fifteen years old she was well Known as a portrait painter. During her life she painted over 800 pictures—among them several portraits of herself. You will be told on Wednesday, among other things, how she dared to offend Napoleon.

    It is a sad truth that marriages between royal personages are not always love matches. But on Thursday you will read a true love story that is one of the sweetest the world has ever known. This is the story of Frederick William III of Prussia and Queen Louisa, whose portrait was painted many years after her death by Gustav Richter.

    Mme. Recamier and Jacques Louis David, who painted her portrait will be the subjects of Friday’s daily story. Brilliant, good, and beautiful Mme. Recamier was a leader in tho political and literary life of her time.

    A slave girl who became a countess will be the subject for Saturday. Alexandre Kucharski painted the well known picture of the Countess Zofia Potocka. You all know this picture, but perhaps you do not know the story of this beautiful girl.

    These six women besides being beautiful played prominent parts in history and every one should know about them. An additional value of the series, too, is in the artistic reproductions of these world renowned portraits which accompany “The Mentor.” They are a delight to the eye and a pleasure to own.

    The daily stories that are being published in our columns are part of the plan of The Associated Newspaper School to give you just what you have always wanted to know about Art, Travel, History, Science, Natural History, and Literature. The Herald gives you day by day, and week by week, the benefits of this plan. The daily feature is the human interest story that you will read in the columns of the Herald. The weekly feature of the plan is “The Mentor,” which gives you an illustrated article by an eminent authority on the subject of the week. “The Mentor” also contains six beautiful pictures either in color or in intaglio-gravure.

    The price of “The Mentor” is 10 cents, and it can be purchased at the Herald office.

    New York Tribune
    Sunday Magazine
    August 17, 1913
    Worth While Folk – By J.Thomson Willing
    N.C. Wyeth


    American Art Annual
    Volume XI
    Florence N. Levy, Editor
    American Federation of Arts, 1914
    American Institute of Graphic Arts

    Herringshaw’s American Blue Book of Biography: Prominent Americans of 1914
    Thomas William Herringshaw
    American Publishers’ Association, 1914
    Willing, John Thompson, artist and author of 52 East Nineteenth st., New York City, was born Aug. 5, 1860, in Canada. He is the author of Some Old Time Beauties and other works.


    Arts and Decoration
    June 1914
    American Institute of Graphic Arts

    The Evening Star
    (Washington, DC)
    June 11, 1914
    A Poet in Charcoal
    By J. Thomson Willing
    A sketch of Wladyslaw T. Benda, the Polish-American artist; accompanied by a double-page drawing by Benda of nine beautiful women in artistic poses—a picture so charming that it is sure to be framed in many a home.

    New York Tribune
    June 14, 1914
    A Poet in Charcoal
    By J. Thomson Willing

    Springfield Republican
    (Massachusetts)
    June 21, 1914
    Institute of Geographic Arts
    Formed to Fill a Need Brought to Notice by International Exposition at Leipsic.
    Preparations in all parts of the world to send exhibits to the international exposition at Leipsic for book industries and graphic arts, brought very sharply into notice the lack of an organization in the United States which looks after the interests of those connected with the graphic arts. We have an extraordinary number of printers and publishers, etchers and engravers, men engaged in the paper and ink industries, artists and men of business, says Arts and Decoration, but they have no society, club or institute for a place of meeting, an exchange where their several claims might be considered. Realization of this gap in our art societies led a number of gentlemen to the plan of founding an institute of the graphic arts at once even if too late to organize an exhibit this summer at Leipsic. William B. Howland, Alexander W. Drake, John C. Agar, John Clyde Oswald and Charles de Kay were the first movers to this end. The institute was incorporated and the following officers elected: Honorary president, Alexander W. Drake of the Century company, New York; president, William B. Howland, publisher of the Independent, New York; vice-president, John Clyde Oswald, editor of the American Printer; treasurer, J. Thomson Willing of the American lithographic company; secretary, Charles de Kay.

    Some 150 charter members have been elected as a preliminary to the formation of a large membership. The objects of the institute as expressed by the articles of incorporation and by-laws reveal a very wide field of operation. Its purpose is to encourage and stimulate artists who are engaged in one or other of the many arts that come under the term graphic. The institute intends to be a center for intercourse and discussion, proposes, if need be, to publish books and periodicals, but certainly to hold exhibitions at home and abroad and to promote in other ways the higher education in all branches of the graphic arts in this country. Membership at $10 per annum includes active workers and laymen of both sexes in all parts of the Union. The institute intends to meet the need of an organization such as defined, and offers from time to time foreign work at its exhibitions so that members may be able to keep in touch with what is being done abroad. It will hold an exhibition in New York next autumn and perhaps participate in the Panama-San Francisco exhibition next year.


    Art and Progress
    July 1914
    The New Society for Graphic Arts

    The Bulletin of the Authors’ League of America
    1915
    Associated Sunday Magazines and Every Week
    95 Madison Avenue, New York
    Editor…..Bruce Barton
    Literary Editor…..E. lewis
    Art Editor…..J.T. Willing
    Uses: Special articles and photos, no illustrations or poetry.
    Character of Fiction preferred: 5,000 word stories, love, mystery and adventure.
    Payment is made upon acceptance.


    The Graphic Arts
    February 1915
    The American Institute of Graphic Arts advertisement

    Evening Public Ledger
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    July 10, 1915
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Thompson Willing and family, of 5909 Wayne avenue, left last week for Henryville, Monroe County, Pa., to occupy their cottage as usual for the summer months.

    The New York Times
    December 19, 1915
    Prizes for Postcard Designs
    The Association of Women Painters and Sculptors announces that Charles Duveen and Roland Knoedler will each give a $50 prize, and an anonymous publisher a $25 prize, in addition to the $100 prize offered by the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for the best designs for postcards of New York and vicinity.

    Those who are promoting the exhibition are greatly gratified by the unusual interest shown and by the fact that a large number are planning to compete.

    For the opening reception the following well-known men have consented to speak: Joseph Pennell of London, etcher, writer and lecturer, who is spending the Winter in America; J. Thomson Willing, art manager of the Associated Sunday Magazines and Every Week, and Arthur Dow, artist and professor of Columbia, University.

    The exhibition and reception will take place on Wednesday evening, Jan. 5, at the Municipal Art Gallery, Washington Irving High School, Manhattan, and the exhibition will remain open, free, until Jan. 30.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    December 20, 1915
    Cash Prizes Offered for Post Card Designs
    The Association of Women Painters and Sculptors announces that Charles Duveen and Roland Knoedler will each give a $50 prize, a mysterious and interested, publisher will give a $25 prize, in addition to the $100 prize offered, by the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for the best designs for post cards of New York and vicinity.

    For the opening reception, the speakers will be: Joseph Pennell of London, etcher, writer and lecturer, who is spending the winter in America; J. Thomson Willing, art manager of the Associated Sunday Magazines and Every Week, and Arthur Dow, of Columbia, University.

    The exhibition and reception will take place on Wednesday evening, January 5, at the Municipal Art Gallery, Washington Irving High School, Manhattan, and the exhibition will remain open, free, until January 30.


    New York Sun
    December 20, 1915
    The Association of Women Painters and Sculptors announces three additional prizes in the postcard design competition which it has organized. Charles Duveen and Roland Knoedler will each give a $50 prize and an anonymous but greatly interested publisher will give a $25 prize. These are in addition to the $100 which will be given by the Association of Women Painters and Sculptors for the best design for a postcard of New York and vicinity.

    For the opening reception the following men have consented to speak: Joseph Pennell of London, etcher, writer and lecturer, who is spending the winter in America; J. Thompson Willing, art manager of Every  Week, and Arthur Dow, artist and professor of Columbia, University. The exhibition and reception will take place on Wednesday evening, January 5, in the Municipal Art Gallery, Washington Irving High School, and the exhibition will remain open, free until January 30.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    January 2, 1916
    The Association of Woman Painters and Sculptors has announced further prizes in its coming postcard design, (N. Y. and vicinity) competition. Messrs. Charles Duveen and Roland Knoedler have each given $50 prizes and a publisher has offered one of $25. The association’s prize is $100. The exhibition of the principal designs submitted will be open free at the Municipal Art Gallery, Sixteenth street and Irving place, January 5-30. At the opening reception on the first date Joseph Pennell, J. Thomson Willing and Prof. Arthur Dow, of Columbia, will speak.

    The New York Times
    March 16, 1916
    Shakespearean Bookplate Contest.
    A new means has been devised to honor the multitudinously honored bard of Avon during his tercentenary celebration. The American Institute of Graphic Arts is joining with the Shakespeare Birthday Committee in arranging a bookplate contest with the purpose of further stimulating interest in the works of the grew poet. The contest is open to all who desire to compete, the drawings are to be devoted exclusively to a Shakespearean motif and are to be signed on the back with a pseudonym to correspond with a pseudonym on a sealed envelope containing the competitor’s name and address. Each competitor may submit more than one drawing. The dimensions of the board on which the drawing appears should be sent prepaid, addressed to the American Institute of Graphic Arts, 344 West Thirty-eighth Street, New York. The prizes are, first, $100; second, $60; third, $40. The contest closes May 15. The committee for the American Institute of Graphic Arts is John Clyde Oswald, President; J.H. Chapin, and J. Thomson Willing. For the Shakespeare Birthday Committee, Henry Clews, Chairman; John De Witt Warner, Treasurer, and Mrs. James Madison Bass.

    The Inland Printer
    May 1916
    Shakespearean Bookplate Contest advertisement

    Evening Public Ledger
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    June 23, 1916
    Mr. and Mrs. J. Thompson Willing and Miss Jessie Willing, of 5909 Wayne avenue, will leave on Monday for Henryville, Pa., where they will occupy their cottage for the remainder f=of the summer.

    The Art & Practice of Typography
    Edmund Geiger Gress
    Oswald Publishing Company, 1917
    Shakespearean Bookplate Contest advertisement

    Current Opinion
    December 1917
    National Arts Club Notes
    At an evening devoted to a discussion as to whether the illustrator shall illustrate the author or the magazine, arranged by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, J. T. Willing presided and among the illustrators who expressed themselves pro and con were N.C. Wyeth and F. Walter Taylor.

    Allied War Salon: Exhibition December 9 to 24, 1918, American Art Galleries, Under the Management of American Art Association
    American Art Galleries, 1918
    J.T. Willing

    The Salmagundi Club: Being a History of Its Beginning as a Sketch Class, Its Public Service as The Black and White Society, and Its Career as a Club from MDCCCLXXI to MCMXVIII
    William Henry Shelton
    Houghton Mifflin, 1918
    Willing, Thomson, lettering on tiled fireplace by, 85; panel by, 88; decoration of Red Room by, 94; on book-plate committee, 103; designed title-page for Costumes of the Nineteenth Century, 110.


    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    July 13, 1918
    Party of Artists Inspects Upton
    Base Hospital and Other Buildings Visited.

    The Sun
    (New York, New York)
    July 14, 1918
    Some War Pictures Had Been Inaccurate in Details.
    Ninety-three artists spent Friday at Camp Upton studying war as it is actually waged and warriors as they actually appear. There were some need for such instruction because many army folk regarded the crop of war pictures hitherto as unconvincing and inaccurate in detail.

    …Ambulances were provided for the women artists and motor trucks for the men. The artists and illustrators who were guided about the camp were…J. Thomson, D. Willing [sic]

    New York Tribune
    November 30, 1918
    Saint Mark’s in the Bouwerie
    F. Luis Mora and J. Thomson Willing on “The Work of the Pictorial Publicity Committee.”

    Evening Public Ledger
    (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    January 15, 1919
    Van Der Veer Willing
    Van De [sic] Veer Willing, an advertising agent, died yesterday at the home of his parents, 5909 Wayne avenue, Germantown, of pneumonia, following grip. He was twenty-nine years old. After graduation from the Germantown Academy in 1907 he studied for a time in the Jefferson Medical School, leaving there to enter business. He was the son of J. Thompson Willing, for fifteen years editor of the Associated Sunday Magazine. His parents and two sisters, Jessie De Lancey Willing and Elizabeth Hunncwell Willing, survive. The funeral will be tomorrow afternoon from the Wayne avenue home. The Rev. Stewart P. Keeling will offciate and interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, New York.

    The Inland Printer
    March 1919
    American Institute of Graphic Arts Program.
    …The officers of the “Institute” are: John Clyde Oswald, honorary president; Arthur S. Allen, president; Arthur W. Dow, J.H. Chapin and Thomas Nast Fairbanks, vice-presidents. Directors: J. Thomson Willing, Fred W. Goudy, Clarence H. White, William E. Rudge, Edward B. Edwards, Ray Greenleaf, Cyril Nast, Frederick A. Ringler.

    …Program Committee: J.T. Willing, J. H Chapin, H.S. Train, Everett R. Currier.

    …Membership Committee: H.H. Cooke, Harrie A. Bell, H.P. Carruth, J.J. Carroll, N.T.A. Munder, R.S. Williams, J.T. Willing, J.L. Engle, Harry Gage.

    The Inland Printer
    October 1919
    American Institute of Graphic Arts
    The committees appointed to look after the activities of The American Institute of Graphic Arts during the coming season are as follows:

    …Membership Committee: Heyworth Campbell, chairman; Harry L. Gage; Norman T.A. Munder,; J.Thomson Willing; J.H. Chapin; Allen Eaton; William Kittredge; Clarence H. White; Arthur W. Dow; Cyril Nast.

    …Educational: Arthur W. Dow, chairman; John Clyde Oswald; Clarence H. White; Ray Greenleaf; James A. Anderson; J.H. Chapin; J.Thomson Willing.

    …Awards: J.Thomson Willing, chairman; Edward B. Edwards; Fred W. Goudy; C.E. Connelly.

    The International Studio
    November 1919
    War Artists as Seen by William Oberhardt
    …One of the best heads in the collection is that of J. Thomson Willing, who was also one of the hardest workers in the Division. It was directly due to Mr. Willing’s earnest efforts that the Salvation Army Drive, the Campaign for the Relief of Armenia and the Near East, and the Methodist Centenary Drive were so successful.



































    1920 United States Federal Census
    5909 Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Thompson Willing, 60, magazine editor
    Charlotte E Willing, 59 [wife]
    Jessie G Willing, 31, illustrator [daughter]
    Elizabeth H Willing, 13 [daughter]
    Jestava Bradley, 27 [servant]


    Achievement
    A Treatise on One of the Factors in the Advancement of the Art of Printing, with Examples
    Japan Paper Company, 1920
    American Institute of Graphic Arts

    The Sun and the New York Herald
    May 2, 1920
    Notes and Activities in the World of Art
    Some details of the plans for the proposed Cooperative Art Building came to light at a big dinner given last Tuesday evening at the Hotel Pennsylvania.

    Among the hosts and hostesses present were…Mr. J. Thomson Willing…

    Salt Lake Telegram
    (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    February 27, 1921
    Harry Durant, editor in chief, Famous Players-Lasky corporation; John S. Robertson, Paramount special director, and Dr. Hugo Riesenfeld, managing director of the Rialto, Rivoli and Criterion theaters, were guest of the National Arts club in Grammercy park Monday evening. The occasion was the weekly “Open Table” of the club, motion pictures being the topic. J. Thomson Willing, editor of Motion Picture Play Magazine, was the chairman of the evening and Messrs. Durant, Robertson and Riesenfeld led the discussions each from his respective angle of association with motion pictures.

    The Evening Star
    (Washington, DC)
    March 3, 1921
    Gen. Wood Asks Aid for Near East
    Gen. Wood’s committee is composed of the following: …J. Thomson Willing


    The New York Times
    May 1, 1921
    Art and Trade Conference.
    Over forty representatives of the art department of the high schools and the art trades of the city met last week at the Cosmopolitan Club to arrange cooperative relations between the two bodies.

    The meeting was arranged by Miss Florence N. Levy, under the auspices of the School Art League, and those present were the guests of Mrs. John W. Alexander of the Board of Managers of the league. Dr. James P. Haney, director of art in the high schools, presided.

    “The meeting,” said Dr. Haney, “was especially arranged to forward the joint education of the two groups concerned. It was desired, on one hand, that the trade should know what the high schools are doing through their art departments to prepare industrial designers. On the other hand, it was necessary for the art teachers of the high schools to know the special needs of the different trades.”

    …A strong was plea was made by J.T. Willing, art director of The Motion Play Magazine, for expert training in technique. “Our shortcomings in technical work are national,” said Mr. Willing. “We ought not to train our artists to think that others will work up their ideas if they only visualize them. We need a thorough drill in drawing and design in the art schools the country over.”

    The Print Connoisseur
    June 1921
    The “Heads” of Oberhardt

    The American Printer
    November 20, 1921
    President Frederic W. Goudy, of the American Institute of Graphic Arts has appointed the following committees:

    Executive—John Clyde Oswald, chairman; J. Thomson Willing, William Edwin Rudge, George A. Nelson, Joseph H. Chapin, Thomas Nast Fairbanks, Clarence H. White….

    Program—Heyworth Campbell, chairman; E. E. Calkins, F. D. Casey, J. H. Chapin, E. A. Kendrick, Oscar Morgner, J. T. Willing….

    New York Herald
    November 21, 1921
    National Arts Club Shows Own ‘Follies’
    …These skits and tableaux, which were produced in connection with the Books of the Year exhibition, now on at the club, drew a large audience. Among the members of the club who appeared in skits were…J. Thomson Willing.

    New York Herald
    December 8, 1921
    J. Thompson Willing, lecture on “The Making of a Magazine,” Morris High School, Boston road and 166th street, 8:15 P.M.

    The American Printer
    June 5, 1922
    Willing Heads Institute
    The annual meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts was held at Art Center, New York, the evening of Tuesday, May 23. President Frederick W. Goudy presided. The proceedings consisted of reports of the officers and chairmen of committees and a discussion of the past year’s activities and of plans for the coming year.

    J. Thomson Willing, a charter member of the Institute and its first treasurer, was elected president. Mr. Willing is one of the best-known men in the graphic arts and, because of his wide acquaintance, his ability as an artist and art director and his interest and sympathy in the objects of the Institute, his administration will undoubtedly be one of successful activity. In accepting the office he made an address, giving his conception of the Institute’s purposes and possibilities of accomplishment and setting forth his tentative plans for the coming year….

    1922: President (1922–1923): J. Thomson Willing, artist/art manager of American Lithograph Co.

    The Bridgeport Times
    (Connecticut)
    August 24, 1922
    Medal for Best Exhibit at Show
    The American Institute of Graphic Arts is greatly interested in the Second Educational Graphic Arts Exposition, Mechanics’ building, Boston, Aug. 28–Sept. 2, and have offered a bronze medal to be awarded by the judges to the most meritorious exhibit in Honor Hall.

    J. Thompson Willing, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in his letter to the directors of the Exposition says:

    “The American Institute of Graphic Arts is much interested in the success of your Exposition.

    “I am instructed by our board of directors to emphasize that interest by offering a bronze medal of the Institute to be awarded by the judges to the most meritorious exhibit in Honor Hall.

    “Assuring you of our desire to do anything within our power to forward the interests of your Exposition.’
    Bulletin of the Art Center
    September 1922
    The Taylor-Coll Memorial Exhibition
    By J. Thomson Willing


    The Christian Science Monitor
    September 11, 1922
    The Drawings of J. C. Coll, and Illustration as Mislaid Art
    …[Joseph Clement] Coll, with his facile sweep of colorful line, loved the subjects which gave his imagination full play—mounted knights in armor thundering down a mountain side; sinister figures bending out of darkness over the flare of a candle; the costumed crowds of medieval ceremonies. This flair for the colorful theme led publishers to send him many tales of the magic and mystery of the East, until the exotic note persisted in much of his later work. Yet I have seen in books which he presented to J. Thompson Willing, sometimes called the dean of New York art directors, sketches, filling the margins of the pages, of the most exquisite purity and charm, revealing a poetic and spiritual nature. Priceless gems, these books—labors of love for the man whose encouragement and training in early years meant much to him....

    Bulletin of the Art Center
    October 1922
    The Graphic Arts Medal
    The Institute Medal was awarded by the Honor Hall Exhibition Committee at the recent Graphic Arts Exposition in Boston to Daniel Berkeley Updike for the “most meritorious work exhibited in Honor Hall.”

    Arrangements have been made to have Mr. Fraser’s original models of this medal on view for a time at the home of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in Art Center, and we therefore quote a brief review by President Willing, of its origin and significance:

    “When preparations for the Printing Exhibition of 1920 were being made, it was thought advisable to offer awards in the various lines of work. A medal was decided on by the Board of Directors of the A.I.G.A., with graded values in its importance, gold, silver and bronze.

    “The then president, Mr. Arthur S. Allen, appointed this committee of three to have a medal prepared: Mr. J. Thomson Willing, chairman; and Messrs. F.W. Goudy and Clarence H. White. Mr. James Earle Fraser, the eminent sculptor, undertook the commission proffered him.
    “For the obverse, but one design was submitted—the one adopted. It was thought to be decorative, symbolic and also realistic. For the reverse several sketches were considered until that with the tree, its roots in utility and its foliage developing beauty, was approved. The design was reproduced by the Medallic Art Company.

    “Mr. Fraser is at the head of all medallists of the country. He is a pupil of St. Gaudens and took his master’s place in the Fine Arts Commission of Washington by appointment of President Woodrow Wilson.

    “His medallion portrait of St. Gaudens is a remarkably fine bas-relief. He has just completed a heroic statue of Hamilton for the front of the Treasury Building in Washington, and is engaged on the very important monument of Ericsson to be erected there as part of the national monumental scheme of the capital.

    “The award of the medal at the Boston Exposition is its first bestowal since the Printing Show in 1920, when many copies of it were given.”
    Editor & Publisher
    November 18, 1922
    Advertising
    The New York League of Advertising Women will hold its monthly dinner November 21 at the Advertising Club. There will be four speakers. Edwin Bird Wilson will speak on Advertising America. What’s New in China will be discussed by Miss A. Estelle Paddock. Marlin E. Pew, editor and manager, the International News Service, will talk on The News Value of Advertising and J. Thomson Willing, president, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, will discuss Is Art Possible in Advertising.


    Bulletin of the Art Center
    April 1923
    American Institute of Graphic Arts
    Clinton F. Wilding, Associate Editor
    It is to be doubted if A.I.G.A. ever held a more interesting or worthwhile meeting than that of February 15. The theme of the evening was, as usual, the current exhibition, “Printing Previous to the Nineteenth Century.”

    Immediately upon President Willing's opening of the meeting, Mr. John Clyde Oswald spoke briefly on old book collecting as a hobby, with a graceful word or two on the attractions and sound merits of hobbies in general. The president then introduced Mr. Fred T. Singleton, who gave members and their guests an absorbing hour with typographical craftsmen from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. Mr. Singleton proved himself not only an expert typographical designer, but a devotee and a student as well. Perhaps the best way to convey briefly an idea of his grasp of his subject is through an outline of his approach….

    …President Willing’s witty comment on Mr. Singleton’s contribution was that a few more such papers would bring the organization to a point where its name, “American Institute of Graphic Arts,” would fit without a wrinkle. As for the authoritative literature on the history and technique of type and type ornament, and the designing of letter press, Mr. Willing urged that Mr. Singleton fill the breach at his earliest convenience….

    Springfield Republican
    (Massachusetts)
    April 3, 1923
    Will Lecture on Wood Engraving
    J. Thomson Willing to Be Speaker at Springfield Publicity Club Meeting at the City Library

    J. Thomson Willing, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts of New York city, will lecture tonight at 8 in conjunction with the opening of the free exhibition of prints and books illustrating the history and development of wood engraving, which is being arranged by the Springfield Publicity club at the City library.

    Mr. Willing will discuss the history and development of wood engraving and will trace it from its origination to the present day. He is the editor of the Gravure Service corporation of New York. Himself a painter he has a wide acceptance among workers in the graphic arts. He is the author of several books and articles on graphic arts which are appearing in national magazines.

    Mr. Willing is a member of the Franklin Book and Literary club of Philadelphia and of the National Arts club, the Shakespeare club, Art Directors club and the Society of Illustrators of New York….

    Bulletin of the Art Center
    May 1923
    J. Thomson Willing Portrait by William Oberhardt

    Bulletin of the Art Center
    September 1923
    American Institute of Graphic Arts
    J. Thomson Willing, president

    Bulletin of the Art Center
    November 1923
    The October Private View
    Mr. J. Thomson Willing, president

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    November 24, 1923
    Edna Synder Wins Book Plate Prize
    Winners of the prizes in the competition for Brooklyn Botanic Garden Book Plate Design have been announced by the judges, who awarded Edna Synder of Bay Ridge High School first place and the sum of $15, and Charles Geier of Boys Commercial High School second [lace and $10….

    …The judges in the contest included William H. Fox, director of the Brooklyn Museum, chairman; J. Thomson Willing, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and editor of the Gravure Service Corporation, and Miss Florence A. Newcomb of the Art Department of the Washington Irving High School.

    Bulletin of the Art Center
    December 1923
    Harmonious Book Page
    By J. Thomson Willing

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    December 18, 1923
    Boro Pupils Win All Book Plate Prizes
    Cash prizes were presented to the following winners in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden book plate competition by Dr. C. Stuart Gager, director of the Botanic Garden, Dec. 11, in the laboratory building, all high school pupils of this boro:

    First prize, $15, Edna Snyder, Bay Ridge High: second prize, $10, Chas. Geier, Boys Commercial High; third prize, $5, Virginia Bowman, Erasmus Hall High; third prize, $5, B. A. Ginsburg, Boys Commercial High; first honorable mention, Edith Miller, Bay Ridge High; second honorable mention, M. L. Berg, Erasmus Hall High.

    M. Thomson Willing, president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, made the address of the afternoon, and tea was served, to guests. Invited for the occasion by Miss Newcomb of the art department of Washington Irving High School. Instructors in charge of art departments in high schools, pupil contestants and members of the woman’s auxiliary were guests.

    Collier’s
    March 8, 1924
    The Mentor Association advertisement
    Famous Paintings


    The New York Times
    May 14, 1924
    Shakespeare Society Extends Over Nation
    Group of 150 Professors and Actors Is formed as Nucleus of Larger Association.
    The organization of the Shakespeare Association of America was announced yesterday by Professor Ashley H. Thorndyke, head of the English Department of Columbia University, author of numerous critical and editorial works on Shakespeare and a Vice President of the British Shakespeare Association.

    The work of organizing a group of 150 professors and actors into a nation-wide association which will be the nucleus for a larger membership was started last Fall by Mrs. James Madison Bass, former President of the New York Shakespeare Society and First Vice President of the new association.

    Other Vice Presidents include…John Thompson Willing...

    Evening Gazette
    (Port Jervis, New York)
    December 8, 1924
    (The Golden Rule contest appeared in many newspapers.)

































    The Inland Printer
    January 1925
    Relief Plates. Rotagravure or Offset?
    At the meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Tuesday, November 25, the subject for discussion was “The Newer Methods of Putting Pictures Into Print. The meeting was presided over by Stephen H. Horgan, who outlined the present-day trend of the various processes, then introduced the speakers, John J. Carr, J. Thomson Willing and Harry L. Gage, each one taking up the defense of his featured method. We are giving a summarized report of the principal points emphasized by the speakers:
    …J. Thomson Willing, artist and art director, followed Mr. Carr and prefaced his remarks on the artistic excellence of rotagravure reproduction by recounting the art methods that preceded it, until he came to photogravure as produced in Paris a score or more years ago. This coming with a revival of mezzotint supplied pictures wherein were rendered full tone values of paintings or deep-toned photographs which caught the fancy of an unimaginative public. Photography was being bettered by real art taste in selection of subject, by better design and tonal composition. This betterment justified its being regarded as one of the fine arts, and photogravure was the only process reproducing the qualities giving art distinction.

    Photogravure was a slow hand-printing process, and years elapsed before the invention of rotagravure, which is a method of mass production. From the engraved copper cylinder impressions can be run off at the rate of 3,000 to 5,000 an hour, and a cylinder will print 100,000 to 125,000, according to the depth of the etching. Cylinders are, after printing, ground slightly and repolished, ready for a new etching. After several reetchings they are built up again by electrolysis. When the printed web of paper comes from the cylinder it passes over a steam-heated drum to dry the ink, then cooled by a stream of cold air, or by passing over a cold cylinder.

    It is this heating and cooling to dry the ink, which means, expansion and shrinking of the paper, that means expansion and shrinking of the paper, that makes color register in rotogravure so difficult. This difficulty will, however, be overcome he thought. Mr. Willing stressed as his most important point the proper selection of copy for rotogravure. In the halftone process the tendency was to gray the highlights as well as the shadows of the copy. In rotogravure the tendency was the exact opposite; the deep tones are deepened and the high-lights brightened.

    When the artist and the photographer supply copy with subtle variations in depth of tone they may be assured that rotagravure is best suited to preserve in the reproduction all these qualities. For catalogue work, to show details of products and to give the convincing verity a photograph gives, so valuable in salesmanship, rotagravure is especially valuable.

    It has reached the stage where a whole magazine, including pictures and type, is now being printed in this way. While rotagravure is not ideal for the printing of type, the great improvement in the printing of pictures far outbalances this drawback. In these days of visual education the value of rotagravure in an illustrated magazine can be appreciated. It is the latest word in the reproductive graphic art.


    The New York Times
    January 22, 1925
    Gifts to Art League.
    Announced at Anniversary Dinner of Students’ Organization.
    The fiftieth anniversary dinner of the Art Students’ League of New York was held last night at the American Fine Arts Building, 215 West Fifty-seventh Street, and preceded the opening tonight of the golden jubilee exhibition of American art by league members.

    …Charles Dana Gibson acted as toastmaster and three of the founders of the league were at the speaker’ table, Mrs. Thomas W. Dewing, Miss Susan Ketcham and and James Kelly, whose account of the beginning of the art school was read by J.T. Willing….

    Brooklyn Life
    May 16, 1925
    Spring Inspection of the Botanic Gardens
    …Among those present were noticed…Mr. J. Thomson Willing…

    Rockford Register-Gazette
    (Rockford, Illinois)
    August 31, 1925
    Sculpture in Soap Judges October 15th
    A second competition for small sculpture using white soap as a medium, is announced by the Art Center of New York, the prizes to be presented by Proctor and Gamble. A jury of award consisting of nationally known sculptors will present the prizes on December 1 at a private view and reception at the Art Center, 65 East Fifty-sixth street, New York.

    A committee on arrangements and board of directors of the Art Center includes Wilford S. Conrow, chairman; Mrs. Ripley Hitchcock, the president; Heyworth Campbell, Paul B. Hoeber, Chas. Dana Gibson, Joseph H. Chapin, Dean Cornwell, Burton Emmett, Ray Greenleaf, Mrs. John Henry Hammond, G.W. Harting, Mrs. Antoinette B. Harvey, John Oswald, F.W. Shaeffer, Charles B. Upjohn, Walter Whitehead and J. Thomson Willing….

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    November 15, 1925
    Show Best Made Books
    Fifty to Be on Exhibition at Penn Library Thursday Night
    The third annual exhibit featuring the fifty best made books of the year, and the second annual exhibition of commercial printing, both of which have been assembled by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, will open in the University of Pennsylvania Library on Thursday night and continue until December 2.

    The exhibition will be opened with an address by J. Thomson Willing, prominent craftsman in the book arts, who will take as his subject “Present Standards in Book Production.” The fifty best-made books of the year to be exhibited were chosen by the American Institute of Graphic Arts from among thousands submitted by the publishers and, according to Asa Don Dickinson, University librarian, provide interesting examples of the upward trend of the craftmanship [sic] in the book arts.

    The exhibition will be open to the public every weekday from 8.15 to 10.30 o’clock, and on Sunday afternoons from 2 until 6 o’clock.


    The New York Times
    January 17, 1926
    Organize for Art Drive.
    Leaders of $750,000 Campaign for Centre Announce Sub-Committees.
    Alexander Stewart Webb, Chairman of the Campaign Committee which is raising a $750,000 endowment fund for the Art Centre, 65 East Fifty-sixth Street, announced yesterday the membership of sub-committees organized in seven constituent societies of the Art Centre to support the campaign. The chairmen of the sub-committees follow:

    Art Alliance of America, Beatrice Ritchie; Art Directors Club, Walter Whitehead; Society of Illustration, Mrs. E.J. Babcock; New York Society of Craftsmen, Charles B. Upjohn; American Institute of Graphic Arts, J. Thomson Willing; Pictorial Photographers of America, Jerry D. Drew; The Stowaways, F.W. Shaefer.

    The New York Times
    February 5, 1926
    Map Out Art Centre Drive
    Volunteers ready to Lead Committees in the Campaign.
    Organization of the campaign to raise an endowment fund for the Art Centre, 65 East Fifty-sixth Street, was perfected at a luncheon yesterday of eighty members of constituent organizations of the Centre at the Town Hall Club, 123 West Forty-third Street.

    J. Thompson Willing, who presided, said that sixty persons had volunteered to act as vice chairmen in charge of committees of ten for work in the drive. Many more, he said, had agreed to do individual work…;

    Book-Plates, Books About Book-Plates, Mainly American: Including the Work of Edwin Davis French, J. Winifred Spenceley
    The Walpole Galleries, 1927
    299. Willing (Thomson). Lotos Club of New York (The). Egyptian design.

    The Editor & Publisher
    January 29, 1927
    Success Magazine (M) Success Magazine Corporation, F. T. Miller, editor, 251 Fourth avenue, New York. Mss. Personality stories, interviews with men and women who are accomplishing important things—inspirational life stories. Art director, J. T. Willing; photographs, portraits, illustration for fiction, cover designs. Considers all contributions. Payment on publication.

    New York Evening Post
    April 9, 1927
    The Advertiser
    Art Heads to Honor Johnson at Annual Dinner—Resor, Calkins, Barton Are on Program
    John to M’Lain-Simpers
    By Lawrence M. Hughes
    Pierce Johnson of J. Walter Thompson Company, retiring president of the Art Directors Club, will be guest of honor at the club’s annual dinner at the Hotel Vanderbilt Friday evening, April 22. A bound portfolio containing 100 or more sketches by artists and art directors will be presented to Mr. Johnson at that time.

    Because of the presence of a number of distinguished guests, this year’s dinner will be formal. It will also be the first in which the business public has been asked to participate, and an attendance of 300 is expected. The speakers will include Stanley Resor, president of J. Walter Thompson Company; Bruce Barton, Barton, Durstine & Osborn; Earnest Elmo Calkins of Calkins & Holden, and Henry W. Kent, secretary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. J. Thomson Willing, president of Gravure Service Corporation, will present the book to Mr. Johnson.

    Other guests of honor are to be John La Gatta, president of the Guild of Free Lance Artists; Gilbert T. Hodges, member of the boards of the Sun and Frank A. Munsey companies, and Sir Charles Higham, London advertising agent.

    George Wlllard Bonte of Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc., is in charge of general arrangements, and Heyworth Campbell, Conde Nast Publications, of the program. Arthur Mann of Young & Rubicam is president.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    August 3, 1927
    Plan Art School for Bedford ‘Y’
    Noted Artists to Lecture in the Course Starting in Fall.
    Brooklyn will not only have a school of commercial and fine arts this fall but also the first school of this character to be conducted by the Y.M.C.A.

    The courses to be offered at the Bedford Branch Y.M.C.A. will require three years for completion and will take up art in free-hand sketching, commercial, charcoal, decorative, water color and oil painting. J. Lionel Breslau has been selected as dean of the faculty. Mr. Breslau is a graduate of the Slade School of London University and is a former teacher in the Leeds School of England.

    …The following artists will lecture or give criticisms at the school: …J. Thomson Willing.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    August 6, 1927
    Bedford ‘Y’ to Open Fine Arts School
    A school of commercial and fine arts, the first to be conducted by the Y.M.C.A., will be opened this autumn by the Bedford Branch, it is announced. The courses, requiring three years, include free-hand sketching, commercial, charcoal, decorative, water color and oil painting.

    J. Lionel Breslau is dean and a score of well-known artists will lecture criticize. Among them will be Linn Ball, C.D. Batchelor, A. Thornton Bishop, Arthur William Brown, Haskell Coffin, Alan H. Crane, Frederick D. Detwiller, Benjamin Eggleston, Hans Flato, Wilfred O. Floing, Marshall Frantz, Willy Pogany, Neysa McNein, Emil Fuchs and J. Thomson Willing.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    August 30, 1927
    First Y. M. C. A. Art School for Boro
    Brooklyn will have the first school of commercial and fine arts this fall ever to be conducted by the Y. M. C. A. The courses to be offered at the Bedford branch will require three years for completion and will take up free-hand sketching, commercial, charcoal, decorative, water-color and oil painting. J. Lionel Breslau has been chosen dean of the faculty.

    In a recent survey, New York proved to be the most logical location to open a school of this kind. The priceless collection of works of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts, and other art galleries throughout the city, coupled with the great demand for artists’ products, has made Greater New York the art center of the country. Students while studying here will have the opportunity to view the works of great masters and the quaint designs and products of foreign lands which have been carefully collected and stored in our museums. They will also learn the demands of the buyers of their products.

    Well-known artists who will lecture or give criticisms at the school include: Lina Ball, C. D. Batchelor, A. Thornton Bishop, Arthur William Brown, Haskell Coffin, Allan H. Crane, Frederick K. Detwiller, Benjamin Eggleston, Hans Flato, Wilfred O. Floing, Marshall Frantz, Emll Fuchs, Charles W. Hawthorne, James W. Kerr, Leander Leitner, Miss Neysa McMein, Ivan G. Olinsky, A. Conway Peyton, Willy Pogany, Theodore de Postels, Norman Price, Thornton D. Skidmore. John A. Ten Eyck 3d, Irwin Ticktikn, Harry W. Watrous and J. Thomson Willing.

    Pennsylvania, Death Certificate
    Charlotte E Willing
    December 1, 1859 – March 4, 1930, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Burial: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    March 6, 1930
    Willing
    On March 4, Charlotte Elizabeth van der Veer, wife of John Thomson Willing. Funeral services on Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at her home, 5909 Wayne Ave., Germantown, Philadelphia. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N. Y., Thursday, 3 p.m.

    1930 United States Federal Census
    5909 Wayne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Name / Age / Occupation
    J Thomson Willing, 69, editor
    Jessie Gillespie Willing, 42, artist [daughter]
    Elizabeth H Willing, 23 [daughter]


    The New York Times
    May 3, 1931
    Exhibit Mementos of Gramercy Park
    Residents of the District Show Portraits and Art Objects Recalling City History.
    Incidents in the early history of this city are retold in the Gramercy Park centenary celebration, which opened yesterday with an exhibition of portraits and historical objects of the period at the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park. The exhibit will continue until May 29 in the building which was the home of Samuel J. Tilden, Governor of the State in 1874.

    …The committee in charge is composed of..John Thomson Willing.

    The New York Times
    May 17, 1931
    Gramercy Park Gay on 100th Birthday
    Whole Neighborhood, Many in Costumes, Sees Vivid Centenary Pageant.
    Old Notables Personated
    Crinolined Belles Lean on Arms of Their Beaux as Children Pace Through Maypole Dance.
    Arrayed in finery as bright and gay as the sunshine reflected on the green of Gramercy Park, resident of the vicinity celebrated yesterday the founding of the square by Samuel Ruggles 100 years ago. Crinolined belles with beaux in chamois peg-top trousers, oblivious to the distant roar of modern Manhattan, marched about the square and then strolled beneath the trees of the park, ribboned bonnets and beaver-top hats in hand, creating for an hour what might have been an etching of an afternoon garden party in 1831.

    …A committee composed of the following members, arranged the celebration: …J. Thomson Willing

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    August 2, 1931
    The wedding of Miss Elizabeth Hunnewell Willing, daughter of J. Thompson Willing, of Germantown, to Rev. Orrin Francis Judd, son of Rev. Archibald M. Judd and Mrs. Judd, of Harrisburg, will take place on Tuesday afternoon, September 22, at half after four o’clock in St. Peter’s Church, Germantown....

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    (Pennsylvania)
    September 2, 1931
    Mr. J. Thompson Willing and his daughter, Miss Elisabeth Hunnewell Willing, of Germantown, who have been occupying their cottage in the Poconos, have returned home. The marriage of Miss Willing to Rev. Orrin Francis Judd, son of Rev. and Mrs. Archibald Judd, of Harrisburg, will take place on Tuesday, September 22, at half after four o’clock in St. Peter’s Church, Germantown.

    The New York Times
    September 18, 1934
    Rare Books Exhibit to Open Tomorrow
    Goudy, Designer of Type, Will Be Honored at Reception at National Arts Club.
    An exhibition of rare books and printing valued at a quarter of a million dollars will open at the National Arts Club tomorrow and continue throughout the week. The exhibit, held in honor of Frederic W. Goudy, the celebrated type designer, will be preceded by a reception and pre-view of the works offered tonight.

    The exhibition and reception have been arranged to honor Mr. Goudy’s recent completion of his ninety-second type face, a number which exceed any ever designed by a single craftsman in the history of typography. The display will be open open to the public from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. in the clubrooms at 15 Gramercy Park.

    …The reception committee includes…J. Thompson Willing

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    (New York)
    November 1, 1934
    Type Specialists Talk Shop at Dinner
    The men behind the type faces used in books, magazines and newspapers, came out of their print shops last night to attend the 20th anniversary dinner meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, held at Pratt Institute, Ryerson St. and DeKalb Ave. More than 100 were present.

    They spoke of delicately-twisted letters, of bold, aggressive figures, of the elaborate hand-written manuscripts of ancient times, and of the present attractive type forms.

    The speakers were past presidents of the institute, and included Frederic W. Goudy, John Clyde Oswald, J. Thomson Willing, Burton Emmett, Harry A. Groesbeck Jr., Arthur Allen and Frederic G. Melcher.

    Edward F. Stevens, Pratt Institute librarian, who was chairman of the dinner committee, formally opened the exhibition. The meeting marked the first time the institute has come to Brooklyn for its anniversary. The exhibition will remain at the library until Nov. 12.

    Norwood News
    (New York, New York)
    September 9, 1936
    Bruce Barton Says
    Beware, Sweet Sounding Whistles
    Whence Come Immortality
    A dinner was held the other night at which a bronze medal was presented. The dinner was a simple affair, in the grill room of a modest restaurant, down below the street level; to was inexpensive because the people who gave it were mostly artists; they constitute what is known as the Institute of Graphic Arts. The medal was presented to J. Thomson Willing.

    “So what?” you probably say. “There are dinners every night, in every restaurant, and who cares? Who is J. Thomson Willing?”

    He began life as an artist but, because he had talent for directing and encouraging the work of others, and a fine instinct for the proper arrangement and balance of art and type on the printed page, a newspaper annexed him as art editor.

    Subsequently Willing was lured to New York by a great lithographic house, and later he moved on to a group of national magazines. It was during the days of his magazine activities that I came to know him.

    We had been together only a few days when I noticed something strange about his office. It seemed to be always full of people. I asked him about it, and he blushed a little and said: “Every year a lot of young artists come to New York, and I feel that somebody ought to be a sort of welcoming committee. So I encourage them to come in. It takes a good deal of time, but every once in a while I am rewarded by making a real discovery.”

    Around the table on the night the medal was presented were some of the best known artists in America. They were there because J. Thomson Willing had helped them when they were young; in many cases he was the first to hold out a kindly hand and utter an encouraging word.

    He has no wealth; he has no fame beyond the limits of his own profession. But his life will live in the lives he has helped, and [i]n lives that they, in turn, will influence. This is immortality.


    The New York Times
    November 30, 1936
    Mark Twain Group Meeting Here
    The Mark Twain Association held its second seasonal meeting yesterday in the music room of the Hotel Barbizon-Plaza on the 101st anniversary of the writer’s birth. Mrs. Ida Benfey Judd, the organization’s president, announced formally that the tenth annual prize for quotations had been awarded to H.E. Swigert of Hannibal, Mo.

    Features of the meeting included talks by J. Thomson Willing, a former editor and publisher who was associated with the syndicate that first published Twain’s autobiography serially...

    The New York Times
    September 29, 1938
    Honor Edward Epstean
    PM Magazine Artists, Others Mark His 70th Birthday
    Edward Epstean, pioneer photoengraver, was honored at a dinner last night in the Hotel Astor by the artists, designers and collaborators of PM Magazine in celebration of his seventieth birthday. J. Thomson Willing, former president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, was toastmaster at the dinner, which was attended by 235 leaders in art, printing and advertising circles….

    The New York Times
    March 26, 1939
    A competition for poster designs is announced by the National Alliance of Art and Industry, with prizes amounting to $400 offered by the National Graphic Arts Exposition, In. The purpose of the competition is to obtain posters that will draw attention to the Fifth Education Graphic Arts Exposition, to be held at the Grand Central Palace from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7. All designs must be received at the National Alliance between April 17 and April 20.

    The judges of the contest include…I. [sic] Thomson Willing….

    How Our Quarter Century Began
    An address delivered at the 25th annual meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York City, May 31st, 1939
    Thomson Willing

    1940 United States Federal Census
    76 Irving Place, New York, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John T Willing, 79, art editor [naturalized citizen]
    Jessie G Willing, 52, artist [daughter]

    1942 Manhattan, New York, City Directory
    J Thomson Willing
    76 Irving Pl Stuyvsnt 9-4355

    Willing passed away July 8, 1947, in New York City.

    The New York Times
    July 9, 1947
    John Thomson Willing of 76 Irving Place, who retired as president of the Institute of Graphic Arts in 1924, and eleven years later received the institute’s gold medal for his aid to art in the United States, died yesterday within less than a month of his of eighty-seventh birthday.

    For some years, until 1916, Mr. Willing was art editor of the Associated Sunday Magazines, and during the first World War he was in charge of pictorial publicity for the Bureau of Information. Then, until his retirement in 1942, he was art editor of the Gravure Service Corporation.

    Mr. Willing was a member of the Franklin Club of Philadelphia and the Royal Academy of Canada. Recently he was elected an honorary vice president of the National Art Club, to which he had belonged for many years.

    He leaves two daughters, Miss Jessie Gillespie Willing, with whom he lived; and Mrs. Orrin F. Judd, wife of the rector of St. James Protestant Episcopal Church of Upper Montclair, N.J.

    Find a Grave
    Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York


    Miscellaneous

    The Magic Pen of Joseph Clement Coll
    Walt Reed
    Introduction by J. Thomson Willing.
    North Light Pub, 1978

    A Legacy of Art: Paintings and Sculptures by Artist Life Members of the National Arts Club
    Carol Lowrey
    Hudson Hills, 2007
    Francis Luis Mora
    Signed lower right: F Luis Mora
    Gift of John Thomson Willing for the Men’s Grill. ca.

    The Salmagundi Club Painting Exhibition Records 1889 to 1939: A Guide to the Annual Exhibition of Oil Paintings and the Annual Exhibition and Auction Sale of Pictures
    Alexander W. Katlan
    2008
    J.T. Willing

    (Next post on Monday: The San Franciscan, February–December 1928)


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    May 1928: Patterson & Sullivan (swan mark) and Ted Van Deusen

    May 1928: Ted Van Deusen

    June 1928: Ted Van Deusen

    July 1928: Patterson & Sullivan (swan mark)

    August 1928: Ted Van Deusen

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    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    THEODORE G. VAN DEUSEN
    August 26, 1903, Illinois – January 31, 1984, California




















    JOHN ELWOOD PATTERSON
    September 3, 1895, Oakland, California
    Alexander John Patterson, father
    Mary Hughes, mother

    1910 United States Federal Census
    1242 First Avenue, Oakland, California
    Name / Age
    Alexander J Patterson, 49 [Foreman, Lumber Company]
    Mary Patterson, 36
    George A Patterson, 15
    John E Patterson, 14
    Nancy J Hughes, 67
    Ram Puri, 28 [servant]

    1911 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1242 First Avenue
    Occupation: Messenger

    1912 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1456 First Avenue
    Occupation: Messenger

    1915 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1456 First Avenue
    Occupation: Student

    1916 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1456 First Avenue
    Occupation: Student

    1917 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1456 First Avenue
    Occupation: Designer

    AskArt.com
    Studied at the California School of Fine Arts and CCAC
    Art Students League, New York
    Art director, New York advertising agency.
    Designer, Shreve’s, San Francisco

    World War I Draft Registration Card
    John Elwood Patterson
    1456 First Avenue, Oakland, California
    Silver designer, Shreve’s & Company, San Francisco
    Medium height and weight, blue eyes, brown hair

    1920 United States Federal Census
    1456 First Avenue, Oakland, California
    Name / Age
    Alexander J Patterson, 57
    Mary H Patterson, 46
    George A Patterson, 25
    John E Patterson, 23 [Commercial Designer]
    William P Connors, 27 [Roomer]

    1920 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Artist, H K McCann Co

    1921 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Artist, H K McCann Co

    1923 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1466 1st Avenue
    Occupation: Artist

    1923 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1466 1st Avenue
    Occupation: Commercial Designer

    1924 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1925 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan
    Spouse: Henriette

    1926 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1928 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Street address: 1026 Walker Avenue
    Occupation: Illustrator
    Spouse: Henriette

    1929 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1930 United States Federal Census
    1026 Walker Avenue, Oakland, California
    Name / Age
    John E Patterson, 34 [Commercial Artist]
    Josephine E Patterson, 17

    1930 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1931 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    Passenger List
    John and Sadie Patterson
    Address: 235 Pine Street, San Francisco, California
    Departure: Los Angeles, California, July 20, 1931
    Arrival: New York, New York, August 3, 1931

    1932 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1933 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1934 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Berkeley
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1935 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1937 Oakland, California, City Directory
    John E. and Saide I. Patterson
    1456 First Avenue, Oakland, California
    Occupation: Advertising

    1940 United States Federal Census
    1456 First Avenue, Oakland, California
    Name / Age
    John E Patterson, 44 [Commercial Artist]
    Sadie Patterson, 34

    San Francisco Chronicle
    (California)
    December 15, 1940
    The YMCA Will Offer a Three-Semester Course in Advertising Beginning Jan. 14

    …Members of the faulty will include…John E. Patterson, a partner in Patterson and Hall Company…

    San Francisco Chronicle
    (California)
    January 5, 1941
    Faculty to Be Honored at Dinner

    Faculty members of the School of Advertising, which opens January 14, will be guests of San Francisco advertising men Tuesday evening at dinner in the Golden Gate college.

    …Faculty members to be presented are…John E. Patterson, partner in Patterson & Hall.

    1948 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    John E Patterson
    Residence address: Oakland
    Occupation: Patterson & Hall

    California Death Index
    September 20, 1973, Contra Costa County, California

    Social Security Death Index



    The San Franciscan, January 1928


    The San Franciscan, January 1928

    The San Franciscan, June 1928

    The San Franciscan, March 1929
    The San Franciscan, March 1929


    RAMON “RAY” EUGENE SULLIVAN
    July 16, 1902, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    James M. Sullivan, father
    Mary McClellan, mother

    1910 United States Federal Census
    609 Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois
    Name / Age
    Hughes Sullivan, 44 [widower; manufactures shirts]
    Ramon Sullivan, 7
    Margaret McClellan, 37

    1920 United States Federal Census
    1348 Margo Street, Los Angeles, California
    Name / Age
    Hughes Sullivan, 52
    Ramon E Sullivan, 17
    Margaret McClellan, 37

    1925 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Ray Sullivan
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1926 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Raymond [sic] Sullivan
    Street address: 114 Sansome
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1927 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Raymond [sic] Sullivan
    Street address: 225 Jackson
    Occupation: Commercial Artist

    Passenger List
    Ray Sullivan
    Departure: San Francisco, California, June 2, 1928
    Arrival: Honolulu, Hawaii, June 6, 1928
    Residence: San Francisco, California

    Passenger List
    Ray Sullivan
    Departure: Honolulu, Hawaii, June 22, 1928
    Arrival: San Francisco, California, June 27, 1928
    Residence: San Francisco, California

    Passenger List
    Ray and Meryl Sullivan
    Departure: Ensenada, Mexico, January 1, 1930
    Arrival: Los Angeles, California, January 1, 1930

    1930 Oakland, California, City Directory
    Name: Ray Sullivan
    Residence: San Francisco
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    San Francisco Chronicle
    (California)
    November 9, 1930
    Oakland Marriage Application
    Ramon E. Sulllivan, 28, San Francisco, and Jean C. Dixon, 22, Alameda

    1933 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 2677 Larkin
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1934 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 2677 Larkin
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    1935 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 2677 Market and 2677 Larkin [two listings]
    Occupation: Patterson & Sullivan

    San Diego Union
    (California)
    August 28, 1937
    Marriage Licenses Issued August 27
    Sullivan–Fredrickson—Ramon E. Sullivan, 34, Los Angeles; Leola S. Fredrickson, 30, Lehi, Utah

    Passenger List
    Ramon E and Leola Sullivan
    1262 Lombard Street, San Francisco
    Departure: Le Havre, France, October 26, 1938
    Arrival: New York, New York, November 2, 1938

    1939 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 1262 Lombard

    1940 United States Federal Census
    2582 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
    Name / Age
    Ramon Sullivan, 36 [Proprietor, art and photography studio]
    Leola Sullivan, 32
    Domenica Mafrici, 20 [Maid]

    1941 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Raymond [sic] E Sullivan
    Street address: 2582 Chestnut
    Occupation: Commercial Artist
    Spouse: Leola Sullivan

    1948 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 600 Laguna Honda Blvd
    Occupation: Artist
    Spouse: Leola Sullivan

    1959 San Francisco, California, City Directory
    Name: Ramon E Sullivan
    Street address: 600 Laguna Honda Blvd
    Occupation: Illustrator
    Spouse: Leola Sullivan

    California, Death Index
    February 16, 1988, San Francisco, California


    Census, directory and travel information from Ancestry.com


    Further Reading
    P&H Creative Group
    Today’s Inspiration
    1. Patterson & Sullivan
    2. P&S: Largest Art Service on the West Coast
    3. The Realities of Working in an Art Studio
    4. P&S Becomes P&H
    5. Chet Patterson Joins P&H


    Related Posts
    The San Franciscan
    The San Franciscan, November 1926–January 1928



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  • The San Franciscan
    January 1927




































    The San Franciscan
    April 1927

















    About Lucien Labaudt


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  • Exhibitors Herald-World
    March 30, 1929
    Pathé Audio Review advertisement
































    The American Printer
    September 5, 1920
    Sigmund Ullman Co. ink advertisement
































    Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year!

    (Next post on Monday: Frederic William Goudy in Censuses, Directories and Passenger Lists)

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    The Inland Printer, April 1899













    1870 United States Federal Census
    Rushville, Schuyler County, Illinois
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John F Gowdy, 39, superintendent of schools
    Amanda M Gowdy, 39
    Charles Gowdy, 13
    Fredrick W Gowdy, 5
    Fannie Gowdy, 2
    Amanda Gowdy, 2 months
    Mary Senate, 14, servant






























    1880 United States Federal Census
    Butler, Montgomery County, Illinois
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John F. Gowdy, 48, teacher
    Amanda M. Gowdy, 48
    Frederick W. Gowdy, 15
    Josie T. Gowdy, 10





















    1885 South Dakota Territorial Census
    Highmore, Hyde County, Dakota Territory
    Name / Age / Occupation
    John F Goudy, 54, real estate
    Fred W Goudy, 20, real estate


































    1892 Chicago, Illinois, Voter Registration
    F. W. Goudy, 4301 Oakenwald Avenue

















    Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index
    Frederic W. Goudy, 32
    Bertha M. Sprinks, 27
    June 2, 1897, Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois

    1900 United States Federal Census
    Carol Avenue, Cicero, Cook County, Illinois
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Frederick W Goudy, 34, art designer
    Bertha W Goudy, 30
    Frederic T Goudy, 5 months
    Harriette E Sprinks, 53 [Goudy’s mother-in-law]
    Elsa C Sprinks, 29 [Goudy’s sister-in-law]






























    1909 Passenger List
    Name: Frederic William Goudy
    Home Address: 358 East 28th Street, Brooklyn, New York
    Departure Date: August 18, 1909
    Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
    Arrival Date: August 25, 1909
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Oceanic













































    1910 New York, New York, City Directory
    Fred W Goudy, decorator, 225 5th Avenue, Room 1029; 353 West 117th Street (home)














    1910 United States Federal Census
    405 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Frederic W Goudy, 45, decorative designer
    Bertha M Goudy, 40
    Frederic T Goudy, 10












    1910 Passenger List
    Name: Mr. Fred Goudy
    Name: Mrs. Bertha Goudy
    Name: Master Frederic Goudy
    Departure Date: August 20, 1910
    Port of Departure: Havre, France
    Arrival Date: August 30, 1910
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Chicago

















    1911 New York, New York, City Directory
    Fred W Goudy, designer, 37 East 28th Street, Room 909













    1912 New York, New York, City Directory
    Fred W Goudy, designer, 39 East 28th Street, Room 909














    Polk’s (Trow’s) New York Copartnership and Corporation Directory, Boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx, 1912
    Goudy, Fred W., Co. (N.Y.) Frederick [sic] W. Goudy, Pres.; Charles H. Barnard, Sec. Capital, $20,000. Directors: Frederick W. Goudy, Charles H. Barnard, Winford J. Northup) 132 Madison Avenue

    1913 New York, New York, City Directory
    Fred W Goudy, president, 132 Madison Avenue; 405 7th Street, Brooklyn (home)
    Fred W Goudy Co, publishers, 132 Madison Avenue














    1913 Passenger List
    Name: Frederic William Goudy
    Name: Frederic Truesdale Goudy
    Home Address: 405 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York
    Departure Date: July 15, 1913
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Arrival Date: July 24, 1913
    Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
    Ship Name: Arabic






























    1914 Passenger List
    Name: Frederic W Goudy
    Home Address: Forest Hills Gardens, New York
    Departure Date: August 15, 1914
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Arrival Date: August 22, 1914
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: St Louis


























    1915 New York State Census
    40 Deepdene Road, Forest Hills, Queens County, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Frederick [sic] W Goudy, 50, designer
    Bertha M Goudy, 45
    Frederick [sic] T Goudy, 15

































    1916 New York, New York, City Directory
    Frederick W Goudy, type designer, 2 East 29th Street; Forest Hills (home)














    1917 New York, New York, City Directory
    Frederick W Goudy, artist, 2 East 29th Street; Forest Hills (home)















    Artist listing: Frederick W Goudy, 2 East 29th Street















    Designers and Draughtsmen listing: Frederick N [sic] Goudy, 2 East 29th Street















    1920 United States Federal Census
    40 Deepdene Road, Forest Hills, Queens, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Fred Goudy, 53, designer/type
    Bertha Goudy, 50, composer/books



















    1921 Passport Application
    Fred William Goudy, type designer, Forest Hills, New York
    Witness: Hal Marchbanks, printer, Marchbanks Press, 114 East 13th Street, New York, New York
























    1921 Passenger List
    Name: Fred W Goudy
    Home Address: 40 Deepdene Road, Forest Hills Gardens, New York
    Departure Date: July 16, 1921
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Arrival Date: July 25, 1921
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Baltic























    1922 New York, New York, City Directory
    Frederick W Goudy, president, Village Letter Foundry, Forest Hills (home)














    1925 New York, New York, City Directory
    Fred W Goudy, manager, Marchbanks Press Inc, 114 East 13th Street
















    1925 Passenger List
    Name: Fred W Goudy
    Name: Bertha M Goudy
    Home Address: Marlborough, New York
    Departure Date: July 11, 1925
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Arrival Date: July 19, 1925
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Ship Name: Carmania




















    1929 Newburgh, New York, City Directory
    Frederick [sic] W and Bertha M Goudy, type designers, South Main

















    1930 United States Federal Census
    South Main Street, Marlboro, Ulster County, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Frederic W Goudy, 65, type designer/type manufacturer
    Bertha M Goudy, 60, typography/type manufacturer
    Frederic T Goudy, 31, type work/type manufacturer
    Mary A Goudy, 26 



















    1930 Passenger List
    Name: Frederick W Goudy
    Home Address: Marlborough, New York
    Departure Date: July 19, 1930
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
    Arrival Date: July 27, 1930
    Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
    Ship Name: Cedric
























    1935 Passenger List
    Name: Fred Goudy
    Departure Date: November 16, 1935
    Port of Departure: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: November 29, 1935
    Port of Arrival: San Diego, California
    Ship Name: California

























    1936 Newburgh, New York, City Directory
    Frederick W Goudy, type designer and founder, South Main



















    1938 Newburgh, New York, City Directory
    Frederick W Goudy, type designer and founder, South Main















    1940 United States Federal Census
    Marlboro Street, Marlborough, Ulster County, New York
    Value of Home: $25,000
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Fred W Goudy, 75, designer of type
    Fred T Goudy, 41, caster of type
    Alice M Goudy, 36





















    1940 Passenger List
    Name: Frederic Goudy
    Departure Date: July 12, 1940
    Port of Departure: Los Angeles, California
    Arrival Date: July 17, 1940
    Port of Arrival: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Ship: Matsonia













    1940 Passenger List
    Name: Frederic Goudy
    Departure Date: July 26, 1940
    Port of Departure: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Arrival Date: July 31, 1940
    Port of Arrival: Los Angeles, California; bound for San Francisco, California
    Ship: Lurline


























    Arts & Decoration, September 1919













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  • ERNEST CHARLES RIEDL

    New York, New York, Birth Index
    (Ancestry.com)
    Name: Ernst Riedl
    Birth Date: 9 Feb 1890
    Birth Place: Manhattan, New York

    1900 United States Federal Census
    1015 Third Avenue
    Manhattan, New York, New York
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Charles Riedl, 47 [Austrian emigrant; hotel employee]
    Fannie Riedl, 32 [Austrian emigrant]
    Ernest Riedl, 10
    Frank Pichl, 38 [Boarder]
    Frieda Pichl, 22 [Boarder]

    1909 Baltimore, Maryland, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: 214 E 23d
    Occupation: Artist

    1910 Baltimore, Maryland, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: 214 E 23d
    Occupation: Artist

    1910 United States Federal Census
    214 East Twenty-Third Street
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Charles Riedl, 57, Steward/Hotel
    Fannie Riedl, 41
    Ernest Riedl, 20, Designer/Engraving Company
    William Barton, 50 [Boarder]
    Mabel Barton, 34 [Boarder]

    1912 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: Woodland av

    February 1915
    The Work of Ernest C. Riedl
    Unconventionality—along word and along stretch getting there consistently. There is a distinction 'between some of the shallow “original” eccentricities of to- day and true unconventionality built primarily on a solid foundation. The character and experience of Ernest C. Riedl have made feasible unconventionality a possibility.

    After achieving success in the beaten paths, instructing in various schools, and in the one which taught him five years (the Maryland Institute of Baltimore), a pupil of C. Y. Turner, and winning the grand prize medal he sacrificed all and came to New York.

    The fact that he has studied lettering and historic ornament from the very root, and, tiring of so-called “interpretations,” his soul revolting against monotony, again reflects his discontented progress. He is never idle, is always striving for something new, despises monotony, for he will never

    “Walk to the grave in sackcloth
    For even one short sleep
    In the Castle of Indolence.”

    and, incidental to his character, this talented fellow modestly informs me that there is nothing interesting about himself, while I know him to be an accomplished pianist and author as well.

    His latest wrinkle is to introduce humor, be it ever so subtle; attributed to his occasional contributions to Judge and Life. Unlike the serious conventional design, his drawing, through its compelling interest, impresses the memory. With a light-hearted touch he can make a cold and soulless commercial “proposition” bristle with interest; be it boilers or coffin nails, the impression lingers . His prolific mind loves to overcome obstacles.

    To “get away from the mob,” he has secluded himself, amid five acres of woodland, outside of Westfield, N.J., in a beautiful studio-bungalow, which may be credited for having inspired the strong compositions, the originality, and the mastery of line which have placed Ernest C. Riedl among the leaders of his class to-day.









































    World War I Draft Card
    Name: Ernest Charles Riedl
    Address: Woodland Avenue, Westfield
    County: Union
    State: New Jersey
    Birthplace: New York
    Birth Date: 9 Feb 1890
    Age: 27
    Occupation: Self-employed Artist and International Magazine Company, 

    119 West 40th Street, New York City
    Nearest Relative: Mother and Father
    Height/Build: Tall/Slender
    Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue/Light
    Disability: Deaf in right ear; right eye bad; fallen arches in both feet
    Signature: June 5, 1917

    1917 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: Woodland av nr W Broad

    1919 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: Woodland av

    1920 United States Federal Census
    Woodland Avenue
    Westfield, New Jersey
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Charles Riedl, 66, Teacher of Music
    Fanny Riedl, 52
    Ernest C Riedl, 29, Designer/Art Goods

    1921 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: Woodland av

    1924 Plainfield, New Jersey, City Directory
    Name: Ernest C Riedl
    Street address: Woodland av, M

    New York, Passenger List
    One of many voyages to Bermuda by Riedl who 
    changed the spelling of his surname to Riedel.
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 1? April 1928
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 19 April 1928
    Ship Name: Bermuda

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 30 April 1929
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 2 May 1929
    Ship Name: Bermuda

    1930 United States Federal Census
    Woodland Avenue
    Westfield, New Jersey
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Ernest C Riedel, 40, Commercial Artist
    Fannie Riedel, 62

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 25 April 1936
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 27 April 1936
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 1 May 1937
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 3 May 1937
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Arrival Date: 30 April 1938
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 2 May 1938
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    1940 United States Federal Census
    507 Wychwood Road
    Westfield, New Jersey
    Name / Age / Occupation
    Ernest C Riedel, 50, [blank]
    Almeda Riedel, 43
    Ernest Witte, 76 {Riedel’s Uncle]
    Jacob Reichald, 57, Gardener

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 30 April 1940
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 2 May 1940
    Ship Name: President Roosevelt

    World War II Draft Card
    Name: Ernest Charles Riedel
    Address: 507 Wynchwood Road, Westfield, New Jersey
    Employer: Self
    Height/Weight: 6’ 0” / 176 lbs
    Eyes/Hair: Blue/Blonde
    Signature: April 27, 1942

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest C Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
    Departure Date: 2 May 1947
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 5 May 1947
    Ship Name: Fort Amherst

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Bermuda
    Departure Date: 10 May 1950
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 12 May 1950
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Departure Place: New York, New York, USA
    Departure Date: 29 Dec 1950
    Ship: Queen of Bermuda
    Port: New York

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Bermuda
    Departure Date: 2 May 1951
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 4 May 1951
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Departure Place: New York, New York, USA
    Departure Date: 5 Jan 1952
    Ship: Queen of Bermuda
    Port: New York

    New York, Passenger List
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Companion: Almeda Riedel
    Port of Departure: Bermuda
    Departure Date: 30 April 1952
    Port of Arrival: New York, New York
    Arrival Date: 2 May 1952
    Ship Name: Queen of Bermuda

    Social Security Death Index
    Name: Ernest Riedel
    Last Residence: 07091 Westfield, Union, New Jersey
    Born: 9 Feb 1890
    Died: Jan 1970
    State (Year) SSN issued: New Jersey (1964)



    (Next post on Monday: J. F. Griswold “The Rude...” Artist)


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    Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” was exhibited in the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory. Some of the art in the “Armory Show” was parodied by cartoonists. A parody of Duchamp’s painting, published in the New York Evening Sun on March 20, 1913, was J. F. Griswold’s “The Rude Descending a Staircase (Rush Hour at the Subway)”. Griswold’s illustration was part of the series “Seeing New York With a Cubist”. The previous day the Evening Sun published Griswold’s “A Spring Day on Fifth Avenue”.




    “The Rude Descending a Staircase” has been reproduced and referenced in numerous books, periodicals and websites but no one has identified who Griswold was. There was a cartoonist named Bert J. Griswold who was based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but his style looks nothing like the two Evening Sun drawings signed J. F. Griswold. Circumstantial evidence in censuses, city directories and periodicals point to Julia Frances Griswold as the artist.

    According to the New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, at Ancestry.com, Griswold was born April 12, 1881, in Chatham, Morris County, New Jersey. Her parents were Warren Griswold (1845–1887) and Lydia Griswold (1847–1920). The 1880 U.S. Federal Census recorded Griswold’s parents, two older brothers, Ralph and Chauncey, and paternal grandmother, Frances, in Chatham, New Jersey. Griswold’s father was a bookkeeper.




    The 1895 New Jersey state census listed Griswold, her mother, brothers and grandmother as residents of Chatham, New Jersey.




    According to the 1900 census, the quintet lived in Madison, New Jersey at 38 Fairview Avenue. The birth month and year of each person were also recorded. The census said 1882 was the birth year for Griswold who was at school. Her mother and grandmother were unemployed; Ralph was a draftsman; and Chauncey, a cashier. They had a servant.




    Information regarding Griswold’s art training has not been found. Griswold has not been found in the 1910 census. A 1912 New York City directory listed Griswold as an artist who lived at 100 West 76 Street in Manhattan. She was not in the 1913 and 1914 directories.



    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 15, 1912, published an article, “Idleness in Women Menace to Society”, that reported the happenings at the Central Evening High School for Women. Griswold and two others were judges of the costume design category and they chose three women for the roll of honor.

    The Armory Show was in New York City from February 17 to March 15, 1913. Five days after the exhibition, Griswold’s “The Rude Descending a Staircase” was published. It’s a mystery as to how Griswold was chosen for the series “Seeing New York With a Cubist”. Seven months after the exhibition, The New York Times, October 10, 1913, reported the names of appointed teachers in the evening, high, trade, and elementary schools. Griswold taught Design for Dressmaking at the Manhattan Trade School.

    The New York Times, April 26, 1914, covered the exhibition by members of the New York Paint Club. The artists included Griswold, Frank A. Nankivell, Howard Heath, Adele Klaer, Israel Doskow, David Robinson, George W. Parker, C. W. Fairchild, Harriet S. Phillips, Laetitia Herr and W. W. Faucett.


    It’s not clear how and when Griswold met the Schneider sisters: Sophie the artist, and Frances the writer. They traveled together starting July 24, 1914 as recorded on their Emergency Passport Applications. Also notable is Griswold’s birth year on the application, 1882, that is a year later than the birth index date. At the time of the application, the trio stayed at Suttie’s Hotel, Bedford Park, London.




    A passenger list, at Ancestry.com, had Griswold’s full name and said she departed Liverpool, England on October 7, 1914, and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 19. According to the passenger list, Griswold was an artist who was born in Madison, New Jersey and whose home address was 38 Fairview Avenue, Madison, New Jersey. The Schneider sisters were on the same ship and their address was 100 West 76 Street, Manhattan, New York City.






    Griswold was listed at 100 West 76 Street in the 1915, 1916 and 1917 New York City directories. In 1915, she was a school teacher, then in 1916 and 1917, an artist.




    Griswold was at the same address in the 1920 census. She shared an apartment with four women. The head of the household was artist Sophie Schneider; Frances Schneider was a writer. Mary Smith did housework; and Dorothy H. Purinton was a commercial artist.


    On December 23, 1922, Griswold and Thomas E. McCoy married in Manhattan according to the New York, New York, Marriage Index at Ancestry.com.

    The 1925 New York state census listed Griswold (as Julia McCoy), her husband McCoy, an electrician, and Sophie Schneider in Manhattan at 423 West 23 Street.


    The 1930 census said the trio resided in Manhattan at 439 West 21 Street and both women were commercial artists.


    The New York Times, March 22, 1931, published a death notice for Griswold.

    Julia Griswold McCoy, wife of Thomas E. McCoy 439 West 21st St., suddenly, on March 20. Funeral services at 38 Fairview Av., Madison, N.J., on Sunday, at 3 P.M.
    Griswold was laid to rest at John Hancock Cemetery, Florham Park, Morris County, New Jersey.

    The New York, New York, Death Index recorded Thomas McCoy’s passing as December 3, 1946, in Manhattan. The status of Sophie Schneider is not known.


    (Next post on Monday: Bierman Heidelberg & Co)

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    The Clothier and Furnisher

    August 1889

    September 1889


    October 1889


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    Items of Interest from the Stock of Bierman, Heidelberg & Co
    1891
    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

  • 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
    (1969)


































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

    Rockford Register-Gazette
    (Illinois)
    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
    (California)
    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

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    The Stat Store

    (Next post on Monday: McCrorey Building)

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    NEWYORKCITY
    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 Ancestry.com.

    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 Ancestry.com. 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 Ancestry.com, 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
    Wikipedia


    (Next post on Monday: Hollywood Type Casting)

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    The New Movie Magazine

    May 1933
    Greta Garbo

































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    The New Movie Magazine
    June 1933




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    The New Movie Magazine
    July 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

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    Star-Journal
    (Long Island City, New York)

    April 15, 1944


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    Artie Simek
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    Martin DeMuth
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    (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!

  • NEW  YORK  CITY
    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
















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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.

































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    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 &


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