2011 Imprint Volume 36-2 Autumn


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225. Jack H.T. Chang and James S. Brust, “Ladies Fashion Plates and Other Illustrations Used for Scrimshaw,” Vol. 36, No. 2 (Autumn 2011), 2-13, 18 illus.


The authors explore print sources used by American seamen for their scrimshaw engravings. Dr. Chang developed a methodology for comparing scrimshaw designs with fashion plates and other illustrations in Godey’s Lady’s Book, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, and other periodicals. His considerable success in making matches is demonstrated in the illustrations to the article. 


226. Margaret D. Richardson and Barbara A. Bither, “The Historic Collections of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing,” Vol. 36, No. 2 (Autumn 2011), 14-25, 16 illus.


Drawing on the collection of the Historical Resource Center of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the authors illuminate the history of security printing for the Bureau by focusing on the careers and accomplishments of six engravers: George W. Casilear, Charles K. Burt, G.F.C. Smillie, Charles Schlecht, Sukeichi Oyama, and Louis Sartain Schofield 


227. Donald C. O’Brien, “Franklin D. Roosevelt: An Insatiable Collector,” Vol. 36, No. 2 (Autumn 2011), 26-44, 14 illus.


Donald C. O’Brien uses reminiscences and personal records to create a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt as a collector, focusing on his acquisitions of naval prints and views along the Hudson River. Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston and the Old Print Shop in New York City were favorite stops for FDR when he visited those cities; and recollections by the owners, correspondence between the print shops, the president, and his secretaries, and bills of sale demonstrate the president’s enthusiasm and collecting strategies. Roosevelt’s personal secretary, Louis McHenry Howe, actively sought out and purchased prints for FDR, and later William Hassett, his correspondence secretary, took over these duties.  

Archival records held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum provided documentation for many of the prints discussed.