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The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925

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Franklin Abbott

Achmed Abdullah

Mary Aldis

George William Amis

Sherwood Anderson

Egmont Arens

Mary Austin

Eugene S. Bagger


Winslow M. Bell

William Rose Benét

Florence Blackstone

Paul J. Blackstone

David William Bone

Albert Boni

Charles Boni

Ernest Augustus Boyd

Will Bradley

Berton Braley

Max M. Breslow

Heywood Broun

Albert Brush

Arthur Caesar

Henry Seidel Canby

Jonathan Cape

Gene Carr

Oscar Edward Cesare

Christine Challenger

Betty Ross Clarke

Helen Louise Cohen

Alta May Coleman

Seward Collins

Frank Conroy

George Cram Cook

John Cournos

Bosworth Crocker

J. Vincent Crowne

Homer Croy

Mary Carolyn Davies

Helena Smith Dayton

Fred Erving Dayton

Floyd Dell

S. A. DeWitt

Roy Dickinson

Charles Divine

Alice Willits Donaldson

John Dos Passos

Theodore Dreiser

Joseph Drum

Robert L. Eaton

Laurie York Erskine

Wilfred Ewart

Henry Guy Fangel

John Chipman Farrar

Hugh Ferriss

Arthur Davison Ficke

John Bernard Flannagan

Dwight Franklin

James Earle Fraser

Joseph Lewis French

Robert Frothingham

Barney Gallant

Porter Garnett

Susan Glaspell

Montague Glass

Joseph Gollomb

Herbert S. Gorman

Stephen Graham

Dorothy L. A. Grant

Harry Wagstaff Gribble

William Gropper

Louise Closser Hale

Harry Hansen

Sadakichi Hartmann

Josephine Herbst

John Herrmann

W. E. Hill

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Robert Cortes Holliday

Terence Holliday

Guy Holt

Holland Hudson

Peter Lord Templeton Hunt

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Lewis Jackson

Norman Jacobsen

Rutger Bleecker Jewett

Orrick Johns

Merle De Vore Johnson

Jeanne Judson

Harry Kemp

Bernice Lesbia Kenyon

John G. Kidd

William A. (William Albion) Kittredge

Eastwood Lane

Lawrence Langner

Christian Leden

Courtenay Lemon

Sinclair Lewis

Ludwig Lewisohn

Max Liebermann

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Preston Lockwood

Hendrick Willem Van Loon

Lingard Loud

Pierre Loving

Orson Lowell

C. R. Macauley

Kenneth Macgowan

Lawton Mackall

Hector MacQuarrie

John Albert Macy

Jane Mander

Don Marquis

H. A. Mathes

William McFee

Alexander McKay

Hawley McLanahan

Charles M. McLean

Ada Jaffray McVickar

Scudder Middleton

George Middleton

John Mistletoe

Roy Mitchell

Christopher Morley

Robert Nathan

Dudley Nichols

Robert Nichols

Charles Norman

Joseph Jefferson O'Neil

Florence O'Neill

Ivan Opffer

Martha Ostenso

Lou Paley

Edmund Lester Pearson

Basil H. Pillard

Ethel McClellan Plummer

Alexander Popini

William MacLeod Raine

Ben Ray Redman

Charles J. Reed

Lola Ridge

Felix Riesenberg

W. Adolphe Roberts

Edwin Arlington Robinson

Edwin (Ted) Meade Robinson

Bruce Rogers

L. Stuart Rose

Herb Roth

Edward Royce

Tony Sarg

Jacob Salwyn Schapiro

Walter Schnackenberg

Thomas Seltzer

Fern Forrester Shay

Margaret Badollet Caldwell Shotwell

Emil Siebern

Upton Sinclair

John Sloan

Thorne Smith

David Tosh Smith

Robert A. Smith

Charles Somerville

Vincent Starrett

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

Donald Ogden Stewart

Gordon Stiles

Emily Strunsky

Genevieve Taggard

Gardner Teall

Sara Teasdale

Lloyd M. Thomas

Basil Thompson

Paul Thompson

Helen Thurlow

Adolph Treidler

Peter Underhill

Harvey P. Vaughn

Walter Vodges

C. A. Voight

Mary Heaton Vorse

Webb Waldron

J. Leeming Walker

Foster Ware

John V. A. Weaver

Luther E. Widen

Edward Arthur Wilson

Lily Winner

Robert L. Wolf

Cuthbert Wright


Theodore F. Zucker


Location on door: front, panel 2

Book Arts

Book Editors



Famous Bohemians

Industrial Designers

Little Magazines

Magazine Editors

Provincetown Players




Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the multitalented Egmont Arens (1888-1966) had close ties to Frank Shay’s bookshop. After studying at the University of New Mexico and University of Chicago, he worked briefly as the sports editor at the Albuquerque Citizen-Tribune. He then moved to New York, where he ran the Washington Square Bookshop at from 1917 to 1923. Frank Shay had owned the shop from 1915 to about 1916, and though the details appear differently in various histories of the Village, it seems likely that Shay was responsible for moving the shop to its famous Eighth Street address, where it remained and helped establish the street’s reputation as a center of bookselling. Arens continued Shay’s practice of publishing plays from the shop, starting a series called the Flying Stag Plays, which he not only published but printed. Under the Flying Stag Press imprint, he also published the little magazine Playboy: A Portfolio of Art and Satire and a guidebook, The Little Book of Greenwich Village, which was reprinted several times after its original issue in 1918. Arens’ interest in visual art led him to supplement his work at his bookshop by working as an art editor at Vanity Fair from 1922 to 1923, in an era the magazine was packed with the work of important artists, and then to Creative Arts, where he worked from 1925 to 1927. He then left the world of books behind to build a career as an influential industrial designer who excelled in designing consumer home goods and food packaging. In 1935 he was established his own design firm. A proponent of the streamlined design that became popular in the 1930s, his most enduring product is arguably the bullet-silhouette KitchenAid mixer of 1936, which may be found on the shelves of cooking supply stores virtually unchanged today.


    Creator: Arens, Egmont, 1889-1966

    Title: Playbill for Provincetown Playhouse

    Item Date: Undated

    Material Type: Playbills

    ADA Caption: Playbill for Provincetown Playhouse

    Curatorial Department: Performing Arts Collection

    Collection Name: Playbills and Programs Collection: United States Theaters

    Stack Location: Lateral Files 01.02 (NY Undated)

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A playbill for the Provincetown Players, undated

This old-style playbill for the revival of Anna Cora Mowatt’s 1845 play Fashion was printed by Egmont Arens at the Flying Stag Press, which he ran out of the Washington Square Bookshop.