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Guide to the Richard Kressler and Laylen Sweet Collection of American Art Posters
1891-1899, 1919
 PR 334

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 31, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator - Collector: Kressler, Richard N.
Creator - Collector: Sweet, Laylen H.
Title: Richard Kressler and Laylen Sweet collection of American art posters
Dates: 1891-1899, 1919
Abstract: The collection includes 23 art posters, dating principally from 1891-1899, representing covers of publications including Harper's,  Lippincott's,  Scribner's, and  The Century magazine.
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet in one oversize folder
Call Phrase: PR 334

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Biographical/Historical Note

Richard N. Kressler (1930-2016) was, for most of his career, an advertising manager for New York’s Magee Carpet Company and, later, marketing manager for Revlon, Inc. In the 1970s, Kressler, along with his brother Dan and friend Laylen H. (Lee) Sweet (1926-2012), bought a classic Brooklyn brownstone, at 233 Baltic Street, which led to his long involvement with the Heights and Hill Community Council and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Kressler and Sweet collected art and antiques, with works on paper of particular interest to the two, especially given Sweet’s professional background as a graphic designer. The works donated to N-YHS were part of a collection that had been displayed in the dining room of their Cobble Hill home.

(Source: From Richard Kressler's obituary in the on-line Brooklyn Daily and information provided by the donor.)

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes 23 art posters. All but one are of covers of publications from 1891-1899, including Harper's,  Lippincott's,  Scribner's, and  The Century magazine. The lone exception is a reproduction of an 1848 lithograph of Broadway, published by Valentine's Manual in 1919. Most of the posters are signed by the artist, especially Edward Penfield for Harper's. The container list includes a detailed inventory.

Arrangement Note

The container list below is arranged first by title and then chronologically. The posters themselves are all encapsulated, with most enclosures holding more than one poster, though not in the order of the container list.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Gould, J. J., Jr., 1880-1935, (Joseph J.) -- Pictorial works
  • Penfield, Edward, 1866-1925 -- Pictorial works

Document Type

  • Book & magazine posters -- 19th century

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Century magazine
  • Harper's magazine
  • Lippincott's magazine
  • Scribner's magazine

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from: Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270. Fax: (212) 579-8794.

Preferred Citation Note

The collection should be cited as: Richard Kressler and Laylen Sweet collection of American art posters, PR 334, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Credit line: Gift of Susan Phillips and Thomas Kenny in Memory of Richard Kressler and Laylen Sweet.

Related Archival Materials Note

New-York Historical Society also holds an extensive collection of art posters compiled over time; see the Art Poster File (PR 55-1).

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Susan Phillips and Thomas Kenny in memory of Richard Kressler and Laylen Sweet, July 2017.

Processing Information Note

Conservation work (unframing and encapsulation) performed by conservator Alan Balicki in August, 2017. Processing done by archivist Larry Weimer in August 2017.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 3 Harper’s.

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Artwork: May Day girl, not signed.

1893 May
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 4 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Woman with firecrackers, signed Edward Penfield.

1894 July
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 2 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Man with pipe bicycling, signed by Edward Penfield.

1894 October
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 4 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Man/woman, Yale/Harvard; signed Edward Penfield.

1894 November
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 2 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Woman reaching for magazine from end of rope, not signed.

1895 August
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 3 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Woman reading in rocking chair, signed by Edward Penfield.

1896 June
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 1 Harper’s. "Tom Sawyer, Detective"

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Artwork: male in swimsuit with cigarette/woman in full dress outfit, signed by Edward Penfield and with symbol.

1896 August
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 1 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Woman holding book, signed with symbol (Edward Penfield?)

1896 September
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 2 Harper’s.

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Artwork: passenger carriage, horse, driver; signed by Edward Penfield in two places, and with symbol.

1896 November
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 2 Harper’s.

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Artwork: winter promenade, signed by Edward Penfield.

1897 March
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 3 Harper’s. Christmas

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Artwork: Man reading on high-backed bench, signed by Edward Penfield.

1897
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 4 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Roosters, signed wth symbol (Edward Penfield?).

1898 May
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 3 Harper’s.

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Artwork: Horse-drawn sleigh, not signed.

1899 January
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 4 Harper’s.

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Artwork: farmer, horse, plow; not signed.

1899 March
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 7 Lippincott’s. "'A Tame Surrender, A History of the Chicago Strike,' by Capt. Chas. King, U.S.A."

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Artwork by Will Caroueville.

1895 March
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 7 Lippincott’s. "'Flotsam' by Owen Hall"; "'The Washingtons in Virginia' by Anne H. Wharton"

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Artwork by J.J. Gould, Jr.

1896 April
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 7 Lippincott’s. "'Jason Hildreth's Identity' by Virna Wood"

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Artwork by J.J. Gould.

1897 May
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 8 Scribner's. "R.H. Davis's War Articles; Mahan's Paul Jones; Manila Etc."
1891 July
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 8 Scribner's. "'The Chinese Must Go': Andrews' History"

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Artwork by George M. Reeves.

1895 October
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 8 The Olympian Games Depicted by Correspondent and Artist of Scribner's
1896
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 5 The Century. "A New Life of Napoleon"

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Designed by E. Grasset.

1894
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 6 The Century. "Napoleon in Egypt"

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Designed and artwork by E. Grasset.

1895 June
Folder: 1 Enclosure : 6 "Broadway, Both Sides, From Battery Place to Tin Pot Alley, (Now Exchange Alley,) in 1848"

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Reproduction of an 1848 lithograph by Jones & Newman, published for Valentine's Manual Vol. III, 1919.

Circa 1919

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