Description: A man reading a book in a parlor. This image comes from a collection of glass plate negatives of various Trumbull County and northeastern Ohio scenes, places, people and events taken by John E. Pickering and Edward D. Pickering from the 1880s to the 1910s. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL08462 Subjects: Cultural Ohio; Books and reading; Daily life
Description: Two boys pose for a studio portrait in front of a painted backdrop. One boy sits before a music stand with a trumpet in hand as he looks into the camera. The younger boy lays on a rug with his chin in his hands, reading a book. This photograph was taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing, ca. 1896-1912. Like most of Ewing's work, it was taken in the region of southeastern Ohio and central West Virginia.
Born in 1870 in Washington County, Ohio, near Marietta, Ewing most likely began his photography career in the 1890s. The 1910 US Census and a 1912-1913 directory list him as a photographer. A negative signed "Ewing Brothers" and a picture with his younger brother, Frank, indicate that Frank may have joined the business. After 1916, directories list Albert as a salesman. He died in 1934.
The Ewing Collection consists of 5,055 glass plate negatives, each individually housed and numbered. Additionally, the collection includes approximately 450 modern contact prints made from the glass plate negatives. Subjects include infants and young children, elderly people, families, school and religious groups, animals and rural scenes. In 1982, the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection) received the collection, still housed in the original dry plate negative boxes purchased by Ewing. A selection of the original glass plate negatives were exhibited for the first time in 2013 at the Ohio History Center. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AV71_B27_F2519 Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Photographers--Ohio; Portrait photography--United States--History; Children; Families; Musical instruments; Books and reading Places: Ohio; West Virginia
Description: 1905 bookplate belonging to New York Reverend George Robert Hewlett (1878-1972). The image features a study containing religious items and an inscription over a bookcase that reads "My silent but faithful friends." The illustration is bordered by oak branches, leaves, and acorns. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05712 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: This bookplate designed by Helen Gwendolyn Dunlevy Kelley depicts the mansion built by her grandfather Alfred Kelley on East Broad Street in Columbus. Her design incorporated Ionic columns to form the illustration's frame. (This style of column was placed at the entrances of the drive to the house.)
Completed in 1838, the Greek Revival mansion was the home of Ohio lawyer, banker, and canal commissioner Alfred Kelley. The house was dismantled in September 1961, and the stones from the house, made from Ohio sandstone, are currently at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio.
Helen Gwendolyn Dunlevy Kelley Hack (1877-1960) was a noted miniaturist and sculptor. She studied in Paris and in New York City. She was the co-editor of "Edouard Remenyi: Musician, Literateur, and Man: An Appreciation" (1906). She married Charles Wesley Hack, a physician.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05713 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading; Kelley, Gwendolyn Dunlevy, 1877-1960 Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: This photograph shows a bookplate of Flamen Ball, Jr. (1809-1885), a Cincinnati attorney who was a law partner of Salmon P. Chase. The design features a shield decorated with three stars above a lion. A leaping stag is located above the shield. A wreath of oak leaves is tied with an an armorial ribbon bearing the Latin motto "Semper caveto," meaning "Be always on guard."
Born in New York City, Ball moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied law. Ball clerked for Chase before being admitted to the bar. He became United States District Attorney for Southern Ohio, but in 1862 he was commissioned a captain in the Union Army and served as an aide-de-camp to Gen. John E. Wool during the Civil War. After the war Ball resumed his law practice. He died in Glendale, Ohio, at age 76.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05714 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading; Ball, Flamen Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)
Description: This bookplate of Ophelia Fowler Duhme (dated 1854) shows a corner of a reading room or study with a frame. The owner's name and the date are inscribed on a drapery that hangs from the upper right corner. A desk and lamp are visible in the middle ground, in front of a bookcase. In the foreground are two cherubic infants busy reading and writing. Between them is a crest bearing Duhme's monogramed initials. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05715 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: This engraved bookplate of Ophelia Fowler Duhme displays two banners placed over a field of leaves and berries (presumably strawberries). The top banner reads "ex libris" ("from the books") and the second bears Duhme's name. At the bookplate's top edge is the motto "Inter folia fructus" ("between the leaves, fruit"). "Brightside" is the name of the Charles and Ophelia Duhme House, Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Charles H. Duhme, jeweler and silversmith, married Olivia Fowler in 1888. "Brightside" was the name of their estate located on Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05716 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: The bookplate of James McBride of Hamilton, Ohio, features a drawing of a contemplative scene. A seated woman is holding a book in her right hand, her chin resting on her left hand. A tree on either side of her frame the scene.
A poem at the top of the bookplate reads: "An elegant sufficiency, content,/Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,/Ease and alternate labour, useful life,/Progressive, virtue, and approving Heaven!" The Motto reads "Pro aris et focis" ("For our altars and hearths"), which was used to express attachment to everything most dear. The name "James McBride," written in script, appears at the bottom edge. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05717 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: The design of this bookplate of Mary E. Rath Merrill, Columbus, Ohio, is symbolically rich. The inscription in the frame reads: "My soul what gracious glorious powers to hue and radiance God has given," followed by the attribution "Cautley Emblems." The attribution may refer to "A Century of Emblems," a book published in 1878 by Rev. George Spencer Cautley, a scholar and collector of emblems. The design includes a quote from poet and Anglican priest George Herbert (1593-1633): "What is fairer than a rose, what is sweeter?" It also includes a motto in Latin: "Patior Putior."
Rath-Merrill and this bookplate are mentioned in the book "Some American College Bookplates" (1915) by Harry Parker Ward, Winward Prescott, and Theodore Wesley Koch. The relevant text reads: "The heraldry is: the Crest, the emblem of the Blessed Virgin as patron saint. The dexter shield contains the arms of learned societies to which Mrs. Rath-Merrill belongs. The plate is surmounted by the Mystic Rose. The Tree 'Igdrasel' or tree of knowledge, with its three roots and sleeping serpent suggests the power of knowledge over ignorance.
Mrs. Rath-Merrill has taken an important part in the restoration of Ecclesiastical Symbolism and Embroidery to its former high position. She designed the famous symbolic Ohio Memorial Bookplate for the Ohio Alcove in the American Library of Manilla [sic], the engraving being done by Mr. W.F. Hopson."
This page identifies Rath-Merrill as the principal of Columbus School of Applied Decoration and Art.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05718 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: The Ohio Memorial Gift Plate of the Columbus Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to the American Library in Manila was presented in 1902 by Mary E. Rath-Merrill to the Columbus Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The purpose of the gift was to mark the books in the Ohio Memorial Alcove of the American Library in Manila and to purchase additional volumes for this collection through the sale of proofs signed in autography and the ordinary impressions of the plate to individuals and to institutions collecting bookplates.
These copies were intended for books in the Ohio alcove in the American Library at Manila. Reading "In God W Trust To Our Fallen Heroes," the design is framed in a border of buckeyes, the emblem of the state of Ohio. In the center of the design is a tablet upon which rests the Bible. Around the tablet is the Palm Wreath of Victory, while above it is a winged hourglass, held by a chain. Behind and supporting Daughters of the American Revolution and the seal of the state of Ohio. In the center and directly over the arched window in the library alcove is the shield containing the arms of the United States. Through the open window are ships and emblems of war, in reference to the navy and the army. On either side of the library alcove is a Corinthian column, encircled by a Chain of Love and surmounted by the Lamp of Truth. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05719 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
Description: This bookplate of Mary Edith Nichols, Cincinnati, ca. 1900, features an image of a woman contained within an oval frame. The woman, whose back faces the viewer, is wearing old-fashioned attire, including a close-fitting cap. She is sitting at table reading a book. In the background is a spinning-wheel. The text reads: "Ex Libris" and "Mary Edith Nichols." The designer's signature ("M. Bridwell 1897" sits at the bottom left corner of the frame. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05720 Subjects: Cultural Ohio--Literary Ohio; Bookplates; Books and reading
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