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The 1920s fell at the tail end of the “Golden Age of Illustration,” a flourishing of illustrated books and periodicals made possible by mid-to-late nineteenth-century advances in printing techniques, such as photo-mechanical engraving. Illustrations adorned adult literature as well as children’s books, and played a central role in periodicals such as Life, Collier’s, and Judge, as well as in advertising. The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901 and incorporated in the1920s, served as a professional organization for the field. Illustration offered a commercial outlet for artists and some illustrators, such as Joseph Christian Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell, and John Held, Jr., achieved significant fame from this commercial work. There are several instances of collaboration between writers and illustrators who signed the Greenwich Village Bookshop. For example, Herb Roth illustrated Donald Ogden Stewart’s A Parody Outline of History (1921), Alexander Popini illustrated Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s Ultima Thule: Further Mysteries of the Arctic (1940), and Tony Sarg illustrated Don Marquis’s Prefaces (1919).
Illustrations by Curtis Peters and Charles A. Smith in the Quill (1925)