4 handwritten letters to Ceil Thayer Smith (1900-1988, a NYC graphic designer) & 3 pieces of printed Bird & Bull press ephemera. Bird, Bull Press.
4 handwritten letters to Ceil Thayer Smith (1900-1988, a NYC graphic designer) & 3 pieces of printed Bird & Bull press ephemera
4 handwritten letters to Ceil Thayer Smith (1900-1988, a NYC graphic designer) & 3 pieces of printed Bird & Bull press ephemera
4 handwritten letters to Ceil Thayer Smith (1900-1988, a NYC graphic designer) & 3 pieces of printed Bird & Bull press ephemera

4 handwritten letters to Ceil Thayer Smith (1900-1988, a NYC graphic designer) & 3 pieces of printed Bird & Bull press ephemera

2 letters from 1961 and 2 from 1975, plus 3 pieces of printed ephemera: a simple half sheet advertisement for the press on watermarked paper, a broadside announcement for Franz Weisse's The Art of Marbling with mounted marbled paper title, and broadside publication anouncement for Wolfe and McKenna's book on Louis Herman Kinder and fine bookbinding in America. The first letter from October 23, 1961, is the most interesting in content and is transcribed here in full, the others being newsy or personal, or less substantive. "10/23/1961. Dear Miss Thayer: Seeing as you are a [watermark] collector, here is a new mark for you (at the bottom -- I'll write around it). You may recognize the sheet -- I made it for the cover of 'Papyrus.' I started out to get a tan color, but (and this happens every time I try to make a color) it didn't suit me - so I kept running out to the drug store to get more Tintex, finally realized it was bigger than me, and quite with this color. I think it was about 6 1/2 lbs of pulp and 1 lb of assorted dye colors. Many thanks for HE article, very interesting -- looks like he made his own [unreadable] also. His looks better than mine. Wonder what became of his moulds & equipment. I'd be interested if any of this is available for sale. Our kids are 6 1/2 and 8 1/2 and enjoy travellilng, so we just might take you up on your invitation, maybe next summer -- thanks very much. My wife is not much for hobbies, she's very active, but is an outdoor girl type -- if she stayed in the cellar as long as I do it would kill her. She's a good cook, and likes to bake. She's interested in the papermaking & printing more for all the interesting people we've met, but she never (hardly ever) objects to all the time I spend in my subterranean domain. And I do spend a lot of time down there. She's OK -- a very fine & understanding girl. We met Dard Hunter Jr. 2 months ago when he was here on a visit -- am going to see him this summer in Chillicothe -- he is going to help me get started on 'hand made' type founding. This is a 3 or 4 year project, but I hope someday to accomplish it. Also am acquainted with the younger (Remy') Green of J. Barcham Green, Maidstone. As a matter of fact we are expecting him here around the end of November for a visit. His father is now too old to make the trip, but I've corresponded with him for some time and he's a great old boy. Sincerely, Henry." Item #H11191

Price: $300.00

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