Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Samuel H. Avery

Samuel H. Avery was a member in the 1930's who achieved a bit of recognition in the Art Institute's Chicago and Vicinity Show, where, as seen above, he won an award.

But mostly, like many of the early members, he worked in commercial art.

As seen above, he also wrote instructional articles regarding his craft.

Also like several early members, he worked for the trade magazine, Inland Printer

Surprisingly, that magazine, though changing its name, survived throughout the rest of the 20th Century.

But it failed to survive the current economic downtown, as reported in this notice from August of 2011:

American Printer, a 128-year-old trade magazine, is closing after the August issue.

“There won’t be a September issue,” editor Katherine O’Brien said in a blog post.

“Penton, our parent company, stuck with us through some mighty lean months, but ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability,” she added.

American Printer began life in 1883 as Inland Printer. After World War 2, the magazine was purchased and merged into another title named THE INLAND and AMERICAN PRINTER AND LITHOGRAPHER. That mouthful of a name eventually became American Printer.


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