Seattle, WA, and St. Paul, MN: 1900s and 1910s. Oblong 4to album, with 48 sheets of stiff black paper bearing 81 items (another seven are laid in), some in color, one or more pieces mounted per page, some overlapping each other, or trimmed artistically to fit the page. The advertisements appear to be the work of the designer/illustrator John R. Gill; his photograph, at work in the offices of the Art Engraving Co. of St. Paul, as well as his business cards and billheads, are in the album. A second photograph is identified in a later hand as from the Seattle Engraving Co., picturing an office with four employees. The advertisements for commercial businesses, railroad companies, real estate enterprises, car companies, tourist guides, and caricatures, etc., primarily in Seattle and St. Paul, represent the techniques offered by the engraving companies Gill worked for, including wood engraving, zinc etching, line and half-tone engraving, photo lithography, commercial photography, illustrating & designing; two of Gill's pencil sketches for ads are also included. Some of the ads are in full color, most are black & white, a few are duplicates. In addition to the Art Engraving Co. and the Seattle Engraving Co., a few individual items were done by the Western Engraving Co., the Kennedy Co., and the Standard Printing Co. The work includes illustrations for advertisements, bill heads, stationery, post cards, technical publications, trade cards, etc., and cartoons, portraits, etc. Some wear to a few of the laid in items, occasional spotting to a few others, very good overall. Original black textured cloth. (7178). Item #59254
John Gill emigrated to the United States from England, working as an illustrator and designer in St. Louis, Missouri, and in St. Paul, Minnesota, before moving to Seattle about 1901. There he was a member of the Associated Cartoon Artists of Seattle, which produced a vanity cartoon book of local Seattle businessmen "Cartoons & Caricatures of Seattle Citizens” in 1906; a clip of Gill's caricature of the lawyer P.P. Carroll, prepared for that publication, is included here.