[Women artists, inventors; photographica:] Checklist of Printers in the United States from Stephen Daye to the close of the War of Independence.
“This invention relates to a process for photographically printing with dyes upon materials such as fabric, leather, paper…”
A pocket-sized, unique facsimile of Charles Heartman’s indispensable guide to early American printers, designed for bibliophiles on the go.
This object was created by New Yorker Leize Rose (later Stewart), painter, designer and decorator known for photographic tapestries and murals (Falk). In 1950, Rose patented an invention “relating to a process for photographically printing with dyes upon materials such as fabric, leather, paper, plastics, furs and the like, and to an apparatus for employing the said process.” (US2531086A)
Rose was a member of the the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and the Painters and Sculptors Gallery Association, an artists’ cooperative affiliated with the Grand Central Art Galleries. A 1952 New York Times article, “Big Photo Murals Printed on Fabrics; Originator of Process Offers Wide Variety of Designs for Decorative Use,” identifies Rose as having at studio at 80 West Fortieth Street, Manhattan. Rose’s husband, Duncan M. Stewart, was a leading illustrator of men’s costumes.
The name of Bette Dittus is written in pencil. Her connection to the book world is unknown to us. Possibly, she commissioned Rose to create intriguing item.
Description: [Women artists, inventors; photographica:] Checklist of Printers in the United States from Stephen Daye to the close of the War of Independence.
[Likely New York. N.p. ca. 1940s–1950s]. 43 leaves printed on photographic paper. 4½ x 2¾ inches; metal comb binding; sheep or faux leather binding. Provenance: “Leize Rose 46 E. 51st, NYC” [and] “Bette Dittus”.