Recently, Mrs. Edna Macphail asked for recommendations for donating materials in her possession associated with, or printed by, her grandfather Arthur W. Rushmore (1883–1955). Rushmore, a book designer and head of manufacturing for Harper & Brothers Publishers, is known today for his private Golden Hind Press, established with his wife Edna Keeler Rushmore, in 1927.1
Much of Rushmore’s personal library, papers, and publications are held by the Madison Public Library in his home town of Madison, New Jersey. Printed items, proofs, clippings, and ephemera can also be found in the Special Collections at The University of Delaware Library.
During my correspondence with Mrs. Macphail, she shared photographs of several items she wished to donate. One incidental photo included the sign, shown at the top, in the background. After I asked about it and mentioned our upcoming Awayzgoose, she sent me the image of AWR nailing it to a tree. I am pleased to say that this sign now hangs in my print shop. I intend to bring it to a ’goose someday.
- 1 The American Institute of Graphic Arts chose seven Golden Hind titles for their prestigious “Fifty Books of the Year” shows. Among them are Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Fatal Interview (1931), Warren Chappell’s Anatomy of Lettering (1935), and Marguerite Vance’s A Star for Hansi (1936). https://designarchives.aiga.org/#/entries/Golden%20Hind%20Press/_/grid/relevance/asc/0/48/90