Wednesday, September 20, 2017

J. Edward Schwartzer's bookplate

Here is the bookplate for artist J. Edward Schwartzer, a York County, Pennsylvania, native who lived from 1905 to 1986.

We know that Schwartzer had a classy bookplate and some impressive books. This plate appears in Lettering, The History and Technique of Lettering as Design. It was written by Alexander Nesbitt, and this edition was published in 1950.

Here are some other tidbits I discovered about Schwartzer, mostly via

  • He graduated from the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (now University of the Arts) in 1935 and won prizes for his industrial advertising and watercolor exhibits.
  • He served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
  • In November 1945, he placed a newspaper advertisement for his two lost beagles and offered a "liberal reward."
  • In February 1955, he married Harriet E. Gotwald. They took a wedding trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, and Philadelphia. Their first home as a married couple was on East Poplar Street in York.
  • At the time of his marriage, he was the art director for Everybody's Publishing, a firm in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
  • He had pieces included in an AARP exhibit at the York Arts Association in 1977.

1 comment:

  1. It would appear that J. Edward and Harriet Schwartzer had no children (or at least none were alive at the time of J. Edward's death in 1986). Source:

    J. Edward Schwartzer's brother Joseph passed away in 1995. Source:

    Referenced in the above link is Joseph's firstborn son (J. Edward's nephew), named Thomas E. Schwartzer, of New Cumberland.

    Now in his mid-70's, no doubt Thomas would enjoy reading this posting at Papergreat. Thomas can be reached at:

    Or try the next younger brother, Richard, in Seneca, Oregon at:

    Or contact other brothers and sisters (nephews and nieces) of J. Edward and Harriet, or their descendants. Someone must have an interest in genealogy and/or ephemera!

    -- M.F.