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[DESIGN]; Elenhank, Inc.; [Kluck, Eleanor]; [Kluck, Henry]
Printing Presses" (hand-printed linen textile design)
Riverside, Illinois: Elenhank, Inc. for Goss Press, 1954. Striking midcentury textile design produced by Elenhank for Goss Press, depicting the history of printing in the West from Johann Gutenberg's hand press through the nineteenth-century industrial presses of Isaac Adams, Richard Hoe, and William Bullock. Also included in the repeating design are alphabets in blackletter and Roman type, and the printer's motto: "Types to they that be of the Craft are as things that be Alive, and he is an ill worker who handleth them not gently and with Reverence." The Goss Printing Press Company was established in Chicago in 1885 by brothers Fred and Sam Goss. A pioneer of web offset printing, Goss manufactured presses used by commercial printers and major newspapers around the world, including the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Goss commissioned this piece from Elenhank, the Illinois textile design firm founded by artist Eleanor Kluck and architect Henry Kluck, famous for their "mural prints," large hand-printed pieces which could serve as drapery or wall hangings. Original Elenhank designs can be found in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; this design, a private commission, is unrecorded and possibly unique. A remarkable survival, in fine condition. Custom textile design, measuring 73 x 51 inches, hand-printed in black on an ivory linen ground. Elenhank tag pinned to verso, with handwritten date 1954: "Special design for Goss Press." Hemmed with a pocket at top edge for hanging.[Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Honey & Wax Booksellers [United States]
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