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PRANG, Louis (1824 - 1909)
Rare signed albumin print
1893. 9.25 x 7.75 inches mounted to 12 x 10 inches -- a gorgeous "Royal" portrait image by Elmer Chickering, with his embossed back stamp and 21 West Street address on recto, boldly signed on the back "To my dear dear daughter Louis Prang Nov 22, 1893." Condition: there is occasional spotting in the field with a two inch striation at the bottom right-hand margin. The corners of the mount are rounded. Overall very good. American printer who embraced the chromolithography process and went on to create and publish the first Christmas cards produced in America. His cards are generally accepted as the start of the greeting card industry in the United States. Spurred by the educational need to teach his young daughter art, Louis Prang developed the first non-toxic watercolor paints. In 1859 he founded the American Crayon Company and contracted exclusively with them to produce his watercolors and art supplies. In 1957 the company merged with Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, which is now known as Dixon Ticonderoga, makers of the famous #2 pencil. Their line of Prang school and art supplies is still their biggest selling commodity. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Argosy Book Store, ABAA, ILAB [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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