In 1964, my father and I were cleaning out the apartment of my favorite uncle, Dudley Meyers. Uncle Dudley was a “bit of an eccentric” according to my mother. Dad handed me the old shoebox and said “There’s some bits of paper in that. Keep them if you want.”
I took the shoebox and a bigger box full of folded papers and dusty “Year Books”. During a summer break several years later, I decided to tackle those boxes of mysterious papers and prints.
The booklets were the “Year Books” of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers — all the way from 1929 through the early sixties. Well, I was hooked.
In the collection I found names that I recognized: Charlie Chaplin, Jack London, Raymond Burr, and Franklin Roosevelt. It was a treasure trove of history. And then there were the artists: J W Jameson, Rockwell Kent, Carl Junge, and Margaret Ely Webb.