From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1960s part 2

Although full-color bookplates were coming into their own in the 1960s, single-color letterpress designs were still being introduced.

F-616/F-751/M-751 — Used by both individuals and institutions, this design stayed popular well into the 1980s. Ernest Morgan’s note: “The famous ‘Praying Hands’ of Albrecht Dürer, adapted for bookplate use by Robert Whitmore. The story behind the hands is a moving one, and well known. Albrecht Dürer and his brother lived in 15th century Germany. They both wanted to be artists, but did not have the money to go to school. Albrecht’s brother ‘drew the short straw’ and Albrecht got to go to school. When he was done (or so the story goes) his brother’s hand had become so knotted and stiff from the years of work that he could not cut it as an artist. Albrecht then painted the famous painting as a lasting tribute.” F-616 is the smooth-paper version; F-751 and M-751 were printed on vellum.

F-756/M-756 — Another design favored by institutions because of the plentiful blank space for memorial  or donation imprints and designed by Valenti Angelo.

F-757/M-757 — Designed by English artist Nicholas Bentley.

F-758/M-758 — Note by Ernest Morgan: “This bullet cut appeared in a booklet advertising the Heidelberg Press, and was used by us with Heidelberg’s permission.”

F-759/M-759 — Another institutional design by Valenti Angelo, showing the kind of cut and imprint typically added.

Antioch bookplate F-616, F-751 or M-751


Antioch bookplate F-756 or M-756


Antioch bookplate F-757 or M-757


Antioch bookplate F-758  or M-758


Antioch bookplate F-759 or M759


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Yellow Springs Hospitality Advertising (1823 version)

It seems appropriate, with the official opening of the historically-themed Mills Park Hotel in a few days, to share a piece of promotion from nearly 200 years ago touting a Yellow Springs lodging option.

In an era well before the Internet (or even widespread photography), descriptions in newspaper articles were used to draw customers. Such an article by J. B. Gardiner in the Piqua Gazette issue of August 7, 1823, was originally collected by local historian Don Hutslar (who was indefatigable in searching out old newspapers).

Note some of the same concerns as today: parking (in this case, accommodation for horses) and locally-sourced food.

Watering Place in the

The SUBSCRIBER has been in the occupancy of this celebrated WATERING PLACE since September last, during which time he has been assiduously engaged in preparing accommodations for visitors during the ensuing summer, in the best manner which his time and means afford. He has now completed all the improvements, which he designs to make at present, and is ready for the reception of company. Although his buildings, pleasure grounds, etc. are not as extensive and well finished as he is in hopes they will be at a future day; and all the expectations of the public may not be fully realized; still, he can with confidence assure visitors that their situation will be rendered at least CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE. His new buildings are so constructed, that families, of several in number, can be accommodated entirely to themselves; and there are also a variety of small rooms, very pleasant, for single gentlemen and ladies.

The subscriber has not yet been able to fulfil his intention of preparing tepid baths this season; in another year he expects to furnish them. The cold baths, however, he believes would generally be preferred at this place. He has erected, in a most delightful and sequestered grove of cedars, a noew shower-house, solely for the accommodation of ladies. The old one has been thoroughly repaired, with new acqueducts, for gentlemen.

The pleasure grounds are considerably improved; though susceptible of great additional convenience and decoration.

At the bar of the Yellow Springs Hotel will always be found a choice assortment of liquors, together with all the foreign and native fruits which can be procured in this country.

The table will be carefully supplied with every variety and delicacy which the neighborhood affords. The world does not furnish a more eligible situation for a spring house than the one on these premises and at no place can the valuable articles of MILK and BUTTER to be furnished in a better state than here. It may be satisfactory, under this head, to assure the public that the subscriber always keeps his own cows in pasture fields; and that he will never purchase either butter or beef from any but persons well known to him, and who always pasture their cattle. This assurance is deemed the more necessary in this advertisement, as a disease, vulgarly called the sick stomach, has at times prevailed in this vicinity, supposed to have originated from making use of the milk, butter and meat of cattle which feed in the woods and prairies, where, it is said, there is a certain poisonous vine or weed, which proves fatal to cattle, and even to persons who diet on their produce. The best informed physicians, however, who have long practiced where this disease prevailed, do not attribute it to the cause above stated. Of late years it has almost entirely disappeared from this neighborhood.

The stabling will not be very good. The Subscriber has yet had it in his power to erect new buildings for this purpose. He will, however, promise to furnish excellent hay and grain, good pasturage, and attentive hostlers.

It is not an uncommon enquiry, in this prudent age of retrenchment, “What will be the price?” To this the Subscriber can only reply, that at every watering place, the requisitions of guests are so various, and the necessary attentions to some so much greater than to others, that no general rule can be made applicable to all—The terms must vary according to the necessities of the visitor. Where extra room, servants & other attendance are required, the price will be proportionately enhanced. Also, when separate rooms are demanded, the price will be greater, than where two or more persons occupy the same room. The subscriber trusts that he will never be justly chargeable with extortion. His character as an Inn keeper at the metropolis of this state for many years, will acquit him of suspicion. Nevertheless, he does not solicit the company of those, who would wish to receive his labor and attention for nothing. It is impossible for himself and family to ‘live on art,” as for the week and debilitated to be entirely restored, without resorting to the Yellow Springs.

To travellers, and occasional visitors, the prices will be the same as at the respectable taverns in the neighboring towns.

While the Subscriber pledges to his guests every exertion in his power to render their tarry here pleasant and salutary; he relies with confidence upon the munificence of an enlightened public, to reimburse the heavy expense; which he has with difficulty, incurred, and to encourage him to progress in establishing, in one of the most healthy and delightful parts of the world, a Summer Resort, for the fortunate and unfortunate, the old, the sick and the afflicted, the young, the gay and the fashionable; which, in its infinite natural advantages, is not surpassed, if equaled by Ballston, Saratoga, Bedford, or any other Springs in the United States.

Yellow Springs House 1855

Yellow Springs House, from the 1855 map of Yellow Springs available at the Greene County Archives website, site of the Festival and located roughtly where Bryan Community Center is now.

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Public Records Curiosities — Cemetery Records (Page 3)

Another page shows the challenges of interpreting original records. Fragile, water-stained  documents are already a challenge, but if the future continues the trend of eliminating cursive from basic education, will the genealogical data from such documents be available only to specialists?

The index to all pages can be found here.


September 25, 1910 – James Beattie – Paralysis – country near Springfield, O
September 28, 1910 – Mary E. Wike – Mitral heart disease – Springfield, O
October 3, 1910 – Infant of H. & Adeline Huddlestone – Premature birth – near Yellow Springs, O
October 21, 1910 – Tapley T. Johnson – Heart disease – Clifton cemetery, removal from
October 25, 1910 – Emma D. [Miund] – Pulmonary hemorrhage – Yellow Springs, O
November 3, 1910 – Matilda Stewart – Dropsy – Yellow Springs, O
November 29, 1910 – Wm. [H] Brown – Ex. From tuberculosis – Springfield, O
December 3, 1910 – Carl Howard – Premature birth – Yellow Springs, O
December 8, 1910 – Wm. Zera Fraley – Heart, dropsy – near Ansonia, O
December 11, 1910 – Josephine Henry – Acute dilation of heart (tumor operation) – Springfield, O hospital
January 6, 1911 – Andrew Alex. Logan – Cystitis – Dayton, Ohio
January 10, 1911 – Reed Hunter Snyder – Spasms – Yellow Springs, O
January 15, 1911 – Lawson Cooper – Pul. Tuberculosis – Dayton, Ohio

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Glen Forest Entertainment

The games in this post were created for the Founding Fathers Cemetery Tour led by the Yellow Springs Historical society for the Yellow Springs Bicentennial.


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Printing Confusion

It was not uncommon for the people working Customer Service at Antioch Bookplate to get an inquiry which should have been directed to the Antioch Press (the problem probably got even worse when the Bookplate Company’s name was changed to Antioch Publishing).

The Antioch Press was one of a group of businesses which grew out Arthur Morgan’s vision of the wider scope of Antioch College. As Ernest Morgan notes in his autobiography Dealing Creatively with Life, “Within the first five expansive years there appeared The Antioch Press, Antioch Art Foundry, Antioch Specialties Company, Antioch Picture Shop, Antioch Landscaping Company, Antioch Shoe Project, Antioch Dairy, Kahoe & Spieth, Antioch Bookplate Company, a contracting firm, and numerous student enterprises serving the student body. Of all these firms, however, only the Bookplate Company (now Antioch Company) survived.”


In actuality the Antioch Bookplate Company could almost be considered a “spin-off” of he Antioch Press, since the Bookplate Company was started using scrap paper from The Antioch Press publications.

Although The Antioch Press as a business did not survive, one of its publications is still thriving and winning awards — The Antioch Review, now published by Antioch College.

Ad from  October 4, 1956, Centennial edition of the Yellow Springs News

Ad from October 4, 1956, Centennial edition of the Yellow Springs News 

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Before and After

Some historic buildings wind up demolished, and others are adapted into a new shape for a new purpose.

One example of an altered building is that now occupied by the Yellow Springs Senior Center, once a private residence without the wide addition to the front.

Yellow Springs Historical Society board member Jean Payne has pulled together the history of the building as far back as documentation can be found, and you can see the results of her investigation in an article for the Senior Center literary magazine Ripples to be published in June of this year.


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From the Antioch Bookplate Archives — 1960s part 1

The advent of full-color printing on the offset press allowed for a wider range of bookplate designs, including reproduction of photographic subjects.

Letter-press single-color designs were not abandoned, however. For a number of years both kinds of presses were used to produce bookplates.

In addition to the designs featured here, full-color designs by specific artists during the early 1960s have been shown in previous posts:

B-40 by Cullen Rapp

B-41, B-42, B-45, B-46, B-47 by Vie Design artists

B-44, B-49 and B-51 by Robert Metcalf

B-48 by Owen Wise

B-56 by Robert Whitmore

Antioch bookplate B=5-

B-50. Note by Ernest Morgan: “Detail from one of the woodcut in colors of “The 46 Views of Fuji” by the Japanese master, Hokusai (ca. 1758-1849). He is famous for having said to his daughter, shortly before his death at age 90, ‘If I could have 10 more years, or even 5, I think I could be a great artist.'”

Antioch bookplate B-52

B-52. “Andromeda Galaxy’ – Photographic design donated by paper company

Antioch bookplate B-53

B-53. Note by EM: “This design, along with B-54, was a photographic subject given us by one of the big paper companies.”

Antioch bookplate B-54


Antioch bookplate B-55

B-55. Note by EM: “Rendition by Tom Eaglin of the statue in Copenhagen Harbor, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name”


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Varieties of Change

Yesterday’s destructive winds (and today’s anniversary of the 1974 Xenia tornado) are reminders of sudden change as a destructive force, altering the landscape irreversibly in ways large and small.

This year’s election process is both a force for change and a response to change, altering the political and social landscape for good or for ill, as other less formal cultural actions do as well.

The advertisements from the 1956 Centennial edition of the Yellow Springs News are landmarks of a slower kind of change. Businesses, organizations and families move in, grow, and move on, sometimes leaving nothing more than memories, but still changing the community by their existence.

The Handcraft Shop was the gift shop in the original building where the Yellow Springs Community Library now stands.


The address of The Dime Store indicates that it was located where the Emporium now does business.



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Public Records Curiosities — Cemetery Records (Page 2)

A continuation of sharing a 100-year-old Glen Forest Cemetery record book, showing the kind of damage with which public historians or geneaologists need to  deal in trying to “fill in the blanks” (page 1 here):


April 18, 1910 – Luella Henry – Tuberculosis – Yellow Springs, O
April 27, 1910 – Wil. A. Hopkins – Angina Pectoris – Greenville, O
May 2, 1910 – Jessie Lee Brown – Tuberculosis – Yellow Springs, O
May 11, 1910 – Blanch Glover – Hemorrhage – Springfield, O
May 30, 1910 – Rachel Johnson – accidental, thrown from buggy – I believe in [?] La
June 2, 1910 – Elizabeth Ann Collier – Heart failure – Springfield, Ohio
June 4, 1910 – Florence [Bella Shupp] – Meningitis – Yellow Springs, O
July 12, 1910 – Joseph W. Frye – Cardiac failure – near Yellow Springs, O
July 12, 1910 – Letty [Mowdy] – Peritonitis – Springfield, O
August 2, 1910 – Hannah A. Lynn – Chronic myocarditis – Yellow Springs, Ohio
August 6, 1910 – Raymond E. [Brakall] – malnutrition – county near Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 2, 1910 – Mary Baker Little – Exhaustion, Intestinal – Yellow Springs, Ohio
September 2, 1910 – [illegible] – Rupture of [illegible] – Xenia in hospital

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More Views of the Carr Nursery

Included in this post are a few more photographs of the Carr Nursery, subject of a recent post.

The first is courtesy of Antiochiana, and the other three are from the Kahoe glass negatives collection (note the damaged areas).

CarrNursery-01 CarrNursery-02 CarrNursery-03 CarrNursery-04

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