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Friday, November 8, 2013

An author's letter to Jacqueline Kennedy


In May of 1961, British journalist and author, George Bilainkin, sent an inscribed copy of his 1947 book, Second Diary of a Diplomatic Correspondent to the new First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy. 

He also included a typed, signed letter on his letterhead and indicated a few pages of interest to the First Lady and perhaps the new President, whom he had known and met with on several occasions in 1945 at the close of World War II.


The book and letter were sent to Mrs. Kennedy in advance of an upcoming trip to London, in which the author hoped to meet with both, or at least the First Lady, and revisit a few sites pertinent to his meetings, as a journalist, with a young Jack Kennedy in 1945. He also knew the President’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., when he was the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Bilainkin also expresses his wish to take Mrs. Kennedy to lunch and, as if that weren't enough, further requests she bring photos of herself, her husband, and his parents!

The Kennedys, on their first trip overseas, while in the White House, went to Paris, Vienna, and London. They were in London June 4-5, 1961 and it seems all but impossible that they had the time or desire to meet with a journalist whom the President had crossed paths with in 1945. Certainly, it was never a consideration.
For the First Lady of the United States of America, from an old admirer and all-weather friend of the Kennedy clan.
George Bilainkin  May 1961


It is unknown, though, if Jacqueline Kennedy actually received this book, looked through it, and showed the author’s marked passages to the President (pages noted under the inscription above and in the Index). 

But it is intriguing to ponder that this book could have been in the possession of one or both for a time. They left no writing of ownership or annotation behind to confirm that. The book eventually found its way into a Washington, D.C. estate and later into the second-hand market, letter intact.

On its own merit, this book is an interesting history from a diplomatic correspondent’s point-of-view at the end of World War II. His intimate portraits of heads of state he met, such as Tito, de Gaulle, Churchill, and diplomats such as the aforementioned Kennedy, fill the pages of this follow-up to his 1940 published diary.

But it's the inscription and letter to First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, and the speculation that she or President Kennedy kept this on the White House bookshelves for awhile, that makes this particular copy even more interesting.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Houston Book Fair at the Museum of Printing History

Here's the most recent addition to my collection of bookish ephemera, an ad mailer for the 11th Annual Houston Book Fair at the Museum of Printing History, Saturday, November 9, 2013.







Saturday, November 2, 2013

The International Miniature Book Society


Regarding a recent acquisition of ephemera collected and preserved by the Rasmussens of California, here is another sampling of what that sight-unseen purchase contained.


This is the very first issue of the Newsletter of the IMBS, published by the International Miniature Book Society in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, August 1984. It was edited by Dr. Martin Žnideršič and designed by Kazimir Rapoša. The editor starts the newsletter with the following:
Dear Lovers of miniature books, In front of you is the newsletter of the new international organisation which wants to bring together the interests of lovers of miniature books from all over the world. 
The stated goal is for a quarterly issue for the months of August, November, February, and May. The editor states that this first issue is an experimental one and that the final shape of the newsletter, with member collaboration, will gradually become clear. 

For anyone interested in miniature books, I have scanned the contents of this newsletter and presented the pages below (page 1 is above). Click on a page for an enlarged view. 

Articles include the following: First International Exhibition of Miniature Books in Ljubljana, Bibliography of Miniature Books, How the Symbol of the International Miniature Book Society Originated, Miniature Books in America, The Greatest Miniature Book Artist (Károly Andruskó), and In the Olympic Year, Three Olympic Miniature Books.  






Back on the first page, the concluding paragraph states:  
With the first number of our newsletter we are enclosing some information about the kind of plans we have for the society's future work. 
The first of those enclosures (below) is a single paper, folded, and printed on both sides with information about the IMBS, its founding, its aims, and a brief membership application section.



The other enclosure is a five-page list (List No. 1), folded catalog-style, of miniature books available for sale through the International Miniature Book Society (see below). The books are listed by country--Yugoslavia, Eastern Germany, and Hungary.





And there you have it--the complete inaugural package from the fledgling IMBS to members and prospective members. The society does not appear to exist today in its original form. The complete lack of information available on the current status of the society supports that assumption. The latest reference I can find is from 2004--The Distinguished Book Award from the International Miniature Book Society.

The Miniature Book Society, on its About MBS page, offers, perhaps, a clue to the demise of the IMBS. It indicates that it (the MBS) began in 1983 in the United States and now enjoys a worldwide membership. So, possibly, the IMBS was eventually folded into the MBS, as the need or interest in a segregated international society eventually gave way to an all-encompassing organization.

If my assumption of the IMBS' demise is inaccurate  I'm sure I will be corrected sooner or later. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Naples Library bookplate

This copy of Ship of the Line, by C.S. Forester contains a Naples Library bookplate that triggered an instant memory of being on a ship in Naples, Italy about this time last year (see A Napoli Bookseller's Postcard).

Now, which Naples was this library in? I knew it wasn't in Italy, given the English printing on the label, but how many towns in the US are named Naples?


Naples, Florida seemed the most likely choice, but as I looked through the book for clues, I found a sticker on the endpapers in the back of the book that stated this book came from Naples, Maine.

I've been to Maine a number of times, but never heard of a town named after Old Napoli. If you hug the coast in your Maine travels, you'll miss Naples. Although inland about 30 miles or so northwest of Portland, it does boast of a waterfront location--freshwater instead of salt water like its namesake in the Mediterranean. Naples, Maine is a resort town on Long Lake.

From the library's Facebook page, below is a photo of the library from which the Forester volume got kicked out. Looks like an inviting place to read or browse for books.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Michigan and the Cleveland Era - Why was this book written?


This is the book in question: Michigan and the Cleveland Era, edited by Earl D. Babst and Lewis G. Bander Velde (University of Michigan Press, 1948). The title page adds a subtitle, which offers a clue to the answer to the question in the title of this post: Sketches of University of Michigan Staff Members and Alumni Who Served the Cleveland Administrations 1885-89, 1893-97.

At first glance, though, no question arises as to why the book was written. But just inside the front cover, a printed answer is provided anyway on a 5 X 7-inch card from the Michigan Historical Collections, University of Michigan.


This card was previously featured in another post I wrote about three years ago on ephemera concerning rare books and collections at the University of Michigan. I came across this card again and thought it deserved its own post because it's a bit unusual.


Looks like a good number of University of Michigan alumni and faculty members served in numerous capacities during the Cleveland era. That may or may not be of interest to many, but the publisher found it interesting enough at the time to print this history. And beyond the extraordinary contributions of alumni to that period of history, a bigger statement was made about the value of higher education in general and justification for its continued development and support.

What I found interesting was the publisher's printed response to a question that may not have ever been asked. Actually, it seems a quick-start device for introducing the book to a reader who has barely gotten past the front cover. The University of Michigan Press may have even considered it a bit of a promotional piece for the university and its libraries' archives. 

A few pages in, the authors expand on the condensed intro rather profusely with 21 pages of their own making. Add a brief Foreword by university president Alexander G. Ruthven and any question about the book's existence is adequately addressed.

I've never seen a piece such as this, accompanying a book to offer a brief explanation of why that book was written. Certainly, the University of Michigan had bragging rights to this topic and was proud of its history. Perhaps it's wasn't terribly uncommon back when, just uncommon now to find the printed piece. Placed loosely inside the cover, most were probably lost over time. This one survived with the book to brag another day, some 65 years later.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Handlist of Miniature Books from Kitemaug Press

I recently acquired a box of ephemera related to books and booksellers--mostly catalogs and mostly addressed to either Lucille Rasmussen, W.E.H. Rasmussen, or both. More on them in a moment.

Apart from the bulk of nondescript, stapled sheets of cheap paper passing as catalogs of books for sale, are a handful of interesting pieces, such as this one from Kitemaug Press in Spartanburg, South Carolina--their Handlist of Miniature Books in Print.

A folded 6 X 7-inch paper becomes a printed brochure or prospectus or bibliography. It's actually a bit of all three with a promotional card inside for their 1982 offering, A Book of Many Things.



The Kitemaug Press was started by Frank J. Anderson during his tenure as librarian at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where his papers are archived. As the biographical note from the preceding link states, Anderson developed an interest in printing, publishing, and miniature books while serving as librarian at Wofford College from 1966-1984. His interest in these book arts, as well as the history of printing, continued into his retirement. Collections of his work with the Kitemaug Press can be found in various institutions such as the library system at Syracuse University. Kitemaug Press publications are collectible and can be found through rare and collectible booksellers at organizations such as the ABAA.

As for the Rasmussens, from whose collection the above item came, they appear to have been ardent bibliophiles who were involved not only with collecting, but also printing, binding, and publishing. The catalogs addressed to them attest to their interest in various genres of books, from literature to books about books. A catalog from Kitemaug Press definitely would have been of interest to them. From the scant bit of information about them online, W.E.H. Rasmussen's name is most often associated with the Rasmussen Press while Lucille Rasmussen's name is connected with the Dragon Bindery in Orange, California. Some of their printing and binding work turns up in university library collections. I will be featuring more ephemera in the near future pertaining to this creative couple. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bookmark for a Puerto Rican Book Fair, 1955

This bookmark was created for the 1955 Book Fair, or Feria del Libro, in Puerto Rico. Just shy of five inches in length, it's made of plastic and the print announces the date and place of the fair: Allen Esq.,San Jose-San Juan. The book fair ran for nearly a week that year--October 21-27

San Jose refers to Plaza de San Jose, one of several plazas in San Juan, which I believe is an old section of San Juan still popular with the arts community.

Libreria Campos was a San Juan publisher and bookseller for whom I can find publications dating from the 1930s to 1950s. They must have either sponsored or hosted the 1955 fair. Their history before and after the date range above is unknown to me.

"Allen Esq" offers a clue to the history of the fair also, but I can't, as yet, connect it to anything specific.

So, for now, this little bookmark is the only relic I can find online of that book fair nearly 60 years ago in San Juan, Puerto Rico.



Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wide Awake with D. Lothrop & Co.

Here is a Victorian trade card that promotes both the offerings of a publisher and bookseller that stocks those products for his customers.


The colorful lithograph that graces the front of the card promotes D. Lothrop & Co.'s Wide Awake series with a subscription rate discount, as well as the single issue price. Similar information is offered at the bottom of the card for another children's periodical, Baby-Land.  The publisher's popular illustrated books and a free bookcase also get a mention squeezed in at the bottom of the card, with details on the reverse side.


Those details on the reverse side follow the stamp of a local bookseller who has those items in stock or can get them for you from the publisher. The bookseller who issued this card to store patrons was D.F. Wallace of Cortland, New York, about 30 miles south of Syracuse. More on him and Cortland history in the 1870s to 1880s here.

On Christmas Eve, 2011, I blogged about another D. Lothrop piece--a postal ad cover for their Wide Awake Pleasure Book and a child's scrawl addressed to St. Nicholas on the reverse side, perhaps in an attempt to get the book advertised for Christmas. 

The Thoughts of Bibliomaven blog has much more on Daniel Lothrop, his company's books, and associated ephemera, including a near-identical trade card like the one I've posted here. 



Sunday, July 7, 2013

Detroit Bookmobile at Cadillac Square, 1940

This press photo from 1940 shows a cab-over tractor trailer truck serving as a bookmobile, or Branch Library on Wheels, from the Detroit Library Commission, which governed the  Detroit Public Library. This rig full of books is parked and posing at Cadillac Square.


Most photos I've seen, or have in my collection, depict bookmobiles as more of the van or motorhome-looking variety, so it's nice to have something different like this in my collection.

An editor's crop marks appear in the margins and just under the rear wheels of the truck. In the background is a building with the name Sam's and ads for discount merchandise. The reverse side of the photo identifies the location and date, as well as editor's notes, and the photographer's name--McGraw, whom I've determined to be Howard McGraw.


Curious about the location, I searched the Internet for images of Cadillac Square and found the one below from DetroitYes.com. It has a bird's eye view of the area with Sam's in the foreground with the triangular plaza in front where the bookmobile parked that February day in 1940. The site mentions, in regard to this photo, that the building then occupied by Sam's used to be the Opera House.


I also see Hudson's (tall building, background-left), which was the tallest department store building in the world at one time and second only to Macy's in square footage. Among its retail offerings were books and I recently came across a book shop label from their book department, but the Seven Roads Gallery of Book Trade Labels can do me two better with their selection, as shown below: 

And below is the same building when it was the Detroit Opera House. This photo was found at SeekingMichigan.org. Click the link provided to read about the Detroit Opera House's brush with The Wizard of Oz. Think witch! Good witch, that is.









Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Greenaway House in Boston's Bookshop for Boys and Girls, 1938

The card below features a long-standing attraction at the Bookshop for Boys and Girls in Boston from the late 1920s and beyond. The reverse side is printed with information about the dolls and a rhyming announcement for The Spring Book Festival, May 2-7, 1938 at the bookshop.


The Book Shop for Boys and Girls, an unconventional idea for the times, was conceived and started in October, 1916  by Bertha Mahony, of whom I've mentioned on this blog regarding the country's first traveling book truck devised to sell books. Read about it here: America's First Bookshop Caravan

From the Bertha Mahony biography, The Spirited Life: Bertha Mahony Miller and Children's Books, by Eulalie Steinmetz Ross (The Horn Book, Inc., 1973), the origin of the doll known as Alice-Heidi was reported in the December 1916 issue of Little Folks Magazine. As the story goes, Alice-Heidi fell out of Santa Claus' toy sack one Christmas Eve as his sleigh flew over Boston. She had the good fortune to land in the Bookshop for Boys and Girls, which had just recently opened. Children who visited the shop for a story hour provided the doll with its name. 

When the book shop moved in 1921 to new and larger quarters at 270 Boylston Street, Alice-Heidi was given her own home to live in, as opposed to the fireplace mantel in the old shop. A Mr. Burleigh of the Toy Furniture Shop in Providence, Rhode Island made the doll house and its furnishings. It was christened Greenaway House after Kate Greenaway, the beloved English author and illustrator of children's books in the nineteenth century.

The Alice-Heidi doll pictured in the card above is not the same doll that landed in the bookshop in 1916. Mahony was not satisfied with the look of the doll and changed it every year until she met a woman named Laura Mackay in 1928, who made scale models of people for museum exhibits. She was able to craft a doll for the bookshop that looked like a small person, which was exactly what Mahony had sought for years. Mackay also made a sister for Heidi-Alice, named Wendy, as well as a companion, Brownie, for the sisters. The card above mentions that Alice-Heidi and Wendy were happy to live in Greenaway House, where they had a doorman named Brownie.

Below are photos from Ross' The Spirited Life that show the Bookshop for Boys and Girls at its first and later locations. In each, only Alice-Heidi is pictured--on the mantel at the first location and in the dollhouse (Greenaway House) at the later location (270 Boylston Street). Wendy and Brownie were not yet a part of the family. You may need to click on the picture to enlarge it for a more detailed view.



Friday, July 5, 2013

P. Garrett & Co., Philadelphia Publisher, Bookseller, and Manufacturer

Here's a nice corner ad cover for a Philadelphia publisher and bookseller, P. Garrett & Co. This is reminiscent of another corner ad cover featured here previously--S.H. Zahm & Co., also of Pennsylvania, in Lancaster. The postmarks are only a year apart and I wonder if perhaps the same designer created both for those and other merchants throughout the region.

Of Garrett, I can find little information, but his ad cover tells you a bit about his business at the time, which was 1891. He published and sold a series you can still find a good number of today: 100 Choice Selections. Those choice selections of poetry and prose, as the ad states, could be used for public readings, declamations, and social pastime. At 30 cents, the 216-page books sound like a bargain even in those times.

Below is a Google Books image showing the title page of one of these publications several years prior. This piece provides Garrett's first name--the P stood for Phineas.


Back to business in 1891... Phineas Garrett also published The Speaker's Garland, a 7-volume set priced at $1.75 each. There were also Excelsior Dialogues, Model Dialogues, and School-Day Dialogues, each for a dollar, all original and nothing repeated. One final plug crammed into this triangular ad is for Max Adeler's Out of the Hurly Burly, which was the most popular work of this forgotten humorist. Max Adeler was the pseudonym for Charles Heber Clark. Clark had a long-running feud with Mark Twain, in which each accused the other of plagiarism.

One last item, which gets a bit more ink in this piece's ad space is the Penn Letter Book, for which P. Garrett & Co. are the sole manufacturers.

The Penn Letter Book, well in advance of photocopy technology, offered a means for creating copies of written letters "without press or water." This product, somewhat of a precursor to carbon paper copying, was marketed to companies that needed copies of important business correspondence for their records. All one needed to do was to place the written correspondence under the Penn Letter Book paper and hand rub it to create a copy.

To ensure a clean, clear copy, P. Garrett & Co. also manufactured a special ink for the job--Penn Instantaneous Sympathetic Copying Ink. Using this ink for the correspondence would supposedly help produce the best copy.

The Library Company of Philadelphia, Digital Collections, has a copy of an 1868 circular for this product (shown below), which the ad on the cover states were available to customers for more information.


Below is an ad from the Publishers' Uniform Trade List Directory, an 1869 publication, split into two images for better resolution (click on the image for an enlarged view).




Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriot Printer, Isaiah Thomas

Today, Independence Day in America, I'm remembering the patriot printer, Isaiah Thomas. What follows is from a previous post about Thomas on this blog a few years ago.

This portrait, by Ethan Allen Greenwood, was found at the Web site for The American Antiquarian Society along with the biography (copied at the end of this post) of the man who has been referred to as the "Father of Ephemera." 

He was a patriot in the American Revolution, a publisher, a printer, and a bookseller.

Early in the nineteenth century, he recognized the significance of printed ephemera in America's young history and the need to preserve it for the historical record of a growing nation. After his retirement from business, he pursued writing a history of printing in America and founded the American Antiquarian Society, for which he wrote the following justification:
We cannot obtain a knowledge of those who are to come after us, nor are we certain what will be the events of future times; as it is in our power, so it should be our duty, to bestow on posterity that which they cannot give to us, but which they may enlarge and improve and transmit to those who shall succeed them.
Thus, the preservation of ephemera. To that end, or some tiny branch of it, I am preserving a couple of items that relate to Thomas, or at least to the bookselling business he started.

First up is a handwritten receipt from Worcester (Massachusetts), dated Nov. 14, 1803.


The receipt acknowledges that William C. Greene, Esq. purchased from Isaiah Thomas two copies of Steuben's Exercises for 75 cents. Payment was received on behalf of Thomas by a Mr. H.H. Cunningham.

The backside has the following notation: Isaiah ThomasBill & Rect. and a date that looks like Dec. 7th, 1803. The handwriting is different from that of the front side of the receipt. 

H.H. Cunningham is referenced twice in Isaiah Thomas' diary as having visited him from Montreal in May of 1811. Thomas was retired by this time, so the visit may have been social rather than business.

Adding to that clue, the Canadian Encyclopedia refers to H.H. Cunningham of Montreal as a bookseller and the only colonialist bookseller who aspired to be a publisher also. 

The sale of books by Cunningham for Thomas in 1803 indicates what? Perhaps he worked for Thomas, briefly, on one of his earlier visits and took the order for Thomas's book shop and prepared the receipt for Mr. Greene. 

I have learned, though, that Isaiah Thomas retired from his business in either 1802 or 1803. Regardless, the business continued under the guidance of Thomas' son, also named Isaiah. Whether or not the junior Isaiah was in charge at the time of this transaction, the connection to the elder Isaiah is still there and still a strong one.

About those two books Green bought, the following title seems to fit: Baron Steuben's Exercises, by H.C. Cushing, with the subtitle,Containing Militia Laws of the United States (1792), and of the State of New York (1801), with Instructions and Regulations for the American Army in the Revolution.

The second paper I have regards the account of one Doctor John Green with Isaiah Thomas. His account starts in 1799, when Thomas would have still been active in his business, and runs through what looks like 1808. There are a total of seven transactions during that time. Below is the whole document, followed by a close-up on the transactions. Click anywhere on the images for a larger picture.



The handwriting appears to be the same over the span of time, so it's doubtful there is any chance of it belonging to Isaiah Thomas himself. Actually, it's doubtful he would have recorded these transactions at all, regardless of the date. His business interests were diverse and employed more than 150 people. I'm sure he had some one keeping the accounts for him. He wasn't just sitting around in the book shop waiting to record sales. 

If you wish to read more about Isaiah Thomas, the following  is copied from the American Antiquarian Society's Web site.

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AAS biography
Isaiah Thomas, the founder of the American Antiquarian Society, began his career as a seven-year-old apprentice to the printer Zechariah Fowle (1724-76) of Boston. As a young man Thomas worked as a printer in the West Indies and Nova Scotia, before returning to Boston in 1770. That year he went into partnership with Fowle and began publication of the Whig newspaper The Massachusetts Spy, strongly supporting the cause of American independence. In April 1775, two days before the Battle of Lexington, amid rumors that his press was to be seized, Thomas packed up his type, press, and paper supply and moved to Worcester, a safe distance from the British troops stationed in Boston. In Worcester, Thomas continued to print patriotic rhetoric and detailed descriptions of Revolutionary War battles in the Spy. The press, type cases, and imposing stone that he moved in such a rush from Boston may be seen at the American Antiquarian Society.(2)

After the war, Thomas continued to live and work in Worcester. In partnership with former apprentices, he owned several printing offices and bookstores, as well as paper mills and a bindery, employing over one hundred and fifty people. Thomas published newspapers, broadsides, sheet music, periodicals, pamphlets, and a yearly almanac. He produced over four hundred book titles for both adult and juvenile readers, including the first dictionary printed in America and the first American edition of Mother Goose's Melody (1786). Thomas was Worcester's postmaster from 1775 to 1801. He joined the Order of Freemasons in Worcester in 1793 and became Grand Master of Massachusetts in 1802.(3)

In that year, at the age of fifty-three, Thomas retired to pursue his interests in the history of the young nation and in the origins of printing. This resulted in the a two-volume work, The History of Printing in America (1810), that remains one of the seminal reference books for the history of typography and printing. Several editions of this important publication may be found in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society along with hundreds of examples of Thomas's work as a printer, including complete runs of the Massachusetts Spy and Thomas's almanacs, as well as dozens of his pamphlets, broadsides, and books for children. In addition, Isaiah Thomas's personal papers, which contain his private and business correspondence, diaries, and legal documents are part of the Society's manuscript collection.(4)

Ten years after his retirement, in 1812, Thomas founded the American Antiquarian Society, incorporating it that same year with a group of like-minded Massachusetts residents.(5) Explaining the need for such an institution, Thomas wrote: "We cannot obtain a knowledge of those who are to come after us, nor are we certain what will be the events of future times; as it is in our power, so it should be our duty, to bestow on posterity that which they cannot give to us, but which they may enlarge and improve and transmit to those who shall succeed them."(6) Thomas was the Society's leader, serving as the first librarian, director and president. As a private collector, he purchased a large cache of Mather Family material, including portions of the famous Mather library and donated the material to the Society. Thomas eventually gave his entire private library of books, manuscripts, and newspapers to the American Antiquarian Society, along with a cash bequest and the Society's first building. He also established the custom of electing collectors of books and materials to membership in the Society, with the expectation that they would consider willing their collections to the Society.(7) His foresight set the stage for the formation of an unparalleled resource for historical research at the American Antiquarian Society's collection to become.

This portrait of Isaiah Thomas by Ethan Allen Greenwood was painted six years after the founding of the American Antiquarian Society. Greenwood probably first came to Thomas's attention after the artist produced a likeness of his son Isaiah Thomas Jr., in March of 1818. In that year, Greenwood was establishing the Gallery of Fine Arts in Boston that displayed copies of famous European paintings and portraits of well-known Americans.(8) The portrait of Isaiah Thomas painted in May 1818 was one of several prominent New Englanders. Thomas recorded in his diary, "At the request of Mr. Greenwood, Portrait Painter in Boston, sat for him to take my likeness. Mr. G. is a member of a new Society in Boston called the Fine Arts."(9) This was the first of five sittings for this portrait.(10) The finished portrait, which remained the property of Greenwood, evidently pleased Thomas and he commissioned the artist to paint his portrait again the following month. "Engaged Mr. Greenwood to take my Likeness, I sat at his request five weeks since, when he finished one for himself. I sat again today for him to take one for myself. Sat six times for this last picture. Thomas paid Greenwood $60.00 for it."(11) The portrait hung in the Thomas home in Worcester and was bequeathed to the American Antiquarian Society at Isaiah Thomas's death.(12)

Read more about Isaiah Thomas at Mass Moments, a daily almanac of Massachusetts history created by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.


1) Nichols's annotated offprint version of this publication is housed at the American Antiquarian Society. In it, he records changes of ownership and provenance of various Thomas portraits that updates the Proceedings article.

2) For more on early printing presses including the Thomas press at AAS, see Lawrence C. Wroth, The Colonial Printer (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964), 64-66, 77.

3) For more on Thomas, see Charles L. Nichols, Isaiah Thomas Printer, Writer, & Collector (Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1912).

4) Isaiah Thomas Papers, 1748-1874, American Antiquarian Society Manuscripts Collection.

5) There are portraits of four of the twenty-seven incorporators in the collection: Isaiah Thomas, Sr., Isaiah Thomas, Jr., Aaron Bancroft D.D. , and William Paine, D.D.The other founders were: Levi Lincoln, Sr., Levi Lincoln, Jr., Harrison Gray Otis, Timothy Bigelow, Nathaniel Paine, Edward Bangs, J.T. Kirkland, Jonathan H. Lyman, M.D., Elijah H. Mills, Elisha Hammond, Timothy Williams, William D. Peck, John Lowell (requested his name be removed), Edmund Dwight, Eleazar James, William S. Shaw, Francis Blake, Samuel Burnside Benjamin Russell, Redford Webster, Ebenezer T. Andrews, and William Wells. There is an image of Sophia Burnside, but none of her spouse.

6) Isaiah Thomas, Sr., Account of the American Antiquarian Society (Boston: Isaiah Thomas, Jr., 1813): 4.

7) For more on the early history of the American Antiquarian Society, see Nancy Burkett and John B. Hench, eds., Under its Generous Dome, The Collections and Programs of the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1992).

8) Georgia Brady Barnhill, 'Extracts from the Journals of Ethan Allen Greenwood: Portrait Painter and Museum Proprietor,' Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 103 (April 1993): 91-178.

9) Isaiah Thomas Diary, May 20, 1818, Isaiah Thomas Papers 1748-1874.

10) Isaiah Thomas Diary, May 21-23 and 25, 1818.

11) Isaiah Thomas Diary, June 29, 1818; Ethan Allen Greenwood's receipt, February 27, 1819, Isaiah Thomas Papers 1748-1874. Greenwood was evidently given a five dollar deposit in June as the receipt reads, '[R]eceived of Isaiah Thomas by the hand of Isaiah Thomas, Jr., Fifty-five dollars, in full for painting a Portrait, and for frame to the same. Price of Picture and frame $60.00.'

12) During his lifetime, Thomas had two copies of Greenwood's portrait made and three more copies were taken after his death. See Frederick Weis, 'Portraits in the American Antiquarian Society,' Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 56 (April 1946): 107-8; and Charles L. Nichols, The Portraits of Isaiah Thomas (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1921), 4-7.

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