Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dad's Special Day

Father's Day is just around the corner, so I created a few items that you can print and use.
This a great antique image from a book published by the McLoughlin Brothers in 1885 called "Base Ball ABC". I did use a little PhotoShop magic and replaced the ABC with DAD.
McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pursued techniques in color printing for children's books. Their illustration coloring process spanned more than 50 years, starting with hand stenciling and ultimately leading to chromolithography. The process of chromolithography is a posting in itself and I will explain that one day in the future. Between 1850 and 1920 McLoughlin Brothers brought joy to young children reading their books and booklets. Their product line expanded to include toys, including games and paper dolls. An interesting side note, in 1920 McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was sold to Milton Bradley and game production ceased. The McLoughlin line of children's books was sold to Grosset & Dunlap in June 1954. By the 1970's the name, "McLoughlin" disappeared. I try to find these little gems whenever I can.
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Hello! I am a Social Worker by profession, but love graphic arts and the art of illustration. I have collected hundreds of first edition children's books from the late 19th and early 20th century. I love the work of Jessie Wilcox-Smith, Clara Burd, Blanche Fisher-Wright, Anne Anderson, Frank Baum, Fanny Cory, Margaret Tarrant, Johhny Gruelle, Frances Brundage, Maria Kirk, Milo Winter, Beatrix Potter, Maud Humphrey to name just a few! I love to share!