Journal, Volume IX
Volume IX contains two of the six papers given at the Ephemera
Society's fifth Symposium, held in 1995 in Williamsburg, Virginia,
and one paper given at Ephemera 20, held in 2000 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Although the three articles in this number of Ephemera Journal
may seem disparate at first glance, there is a common element that
binds them together. Each one is concerned with a particular kind
of artistic printing and its development. As author Sandra Markham
observes in her article, the individual ambitions of printers and
their customers spurred each other's growth and achievements.
- Chromolithography and the Cigar Label: Sometimes the Label was
Better than the Cigar, by John Grossman
- Living Preachers, Through Voiceless Lips: Printing for the Nursery
Industry, 1840-1920, by Sandra Markham
- North American Cameo Stamps, 1850-1880, by Thomas Beckman
Sandra Markham, archivist, considers the printing businesses in
Rochester, New York, that produced catalogs, illustrations, magazines,
and other items used to advertise the goods of local nurserymen.
There were many opportunities for printers to stay busy issuing
these publications since Rochester was at one time the horticultural
center of the United States.
John Grossman, a graphic designer and founder and owner of a museum-quality
collection of antique images, tells us about the art of the cigar
label. In America, cigar smoking grew steadily until the late 1800s
when the emergence of a large and prosperous middle class provided
a significant market for the product. Advertisers contracted with
chromolithographers to create advertising labels and, as a result,
established a new printed art form.
Tom Beckman, registrar at the Historical Society of Delaware, brings
the cameo stamp to life. Building on the pioneering work of Bella
C. Landauer, Tom identifies more than 60 of their designers and
makers in the United States and Canada. In addition and among other
things, he writes about their motifs, comments on how they were
simultaneously color-printed and embossed, and speculates on their
Sandra Markham and John Grossman presented their papers at the
Ephemera Society's fifth symposium in Williamsburg, Virginia, in
1995. Tom Beckman originally gave his paper as a talk at Ephemera
20, the society's 2000 conference, in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
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