2017 Imprint Volume 42-1 Spring

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253. Christopher W. Lane, “Middleton’s National Oil Portraits,” Vol. 42, No. 1 (Spring 2017), 2-28, 22 illus.

This article is the product of decades of research by Christopher W. Lane, owner of the Philadelphia Print Shop West. Lane encountered Middleton’s National Oil Portraits while researching Cincinnati lithography. He became fascinated by the number of portraits produced and the story of their printing and marketing. As a print-seller himself, Lane enthusiastically tracked down advertisements related to the portrait series. The result is a major article on a previously obscure lithographic venture that had national ambition and success.

254. Marcus Ladd, “Printed in America: Challenging the German Monopoly in the Golden Age of Postcards,” Vol. 42, No. 1 (Spring 2017), 29-42, 15 illus.

Marcus Ladd, librarian at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is a postcard enthusiast. His article on American firms operating in the early twentieth century introduces fresh imagery and information to the pages of Imprint. Firms discussed include the Detroit Publishing Company; E. C. Kropp of Milwaukee; Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco and his subsidiary companies including Art Litho. Company, Cardinell-Vincent, Pacific Novelty Company, and Van Ornum Colorprint; and the Curt Teich Company of Chicago. Innovations in style and printing are discussed. All examples used for this essay are from the Clyde N. Bowden postcard collection in the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University.