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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 3





Well-known in his lifetime as a sculptor, museum curator, Hollywood set designer, conservationist, and, in the words of a colleague, “artist-taxidermist,” Dwight Franklin (1888-1971) pursued a variety of naturalistic interests. Born into a prominent family in New York City, Franklin spent only a month in art school. He began working for the American Museum of Natural History as a taxidermist in 1906, participating in a 1910 Museum expedition to Mississippi’s Moon Lake to collect materials for an exhibit on the paddlefish. His passion for bringing fish to the public seems to predate the expedition, however: in 1908 he received a first place award at the Fourth International Fishery Congress for his paper and presentation entitled “A method of preparing fish for museum and exhibition purposes.” During the summer of 1913 Franklin devoted his time to the study of Bailey’s Collared Lizard in the Painted Desert of northern Arizona, collecting two specimens as pets. His scientific attention to detail was later put to use in his work building celebrated historical dioramas for a number of museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Newark Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York, where he worked for a time as chief curator. Though few of his meticulously-researched dioramas remain intact, Franklin was highly regarded for them in his day, credited, in the words of Richard Condrey, with “developing a new art form for conveying accurate information to the public in a captivating manner.” Popular Science praised them for their combination of “the plastic sense of the sculptor with the scientist’s love of truth.” Many Franklin sculptures and figurines were collected in American homes. In the 1930s Franklin left his successful career in New York to work in Hollywood, hoping that movies would become important educational instruments. His expertise enabled him to design sets and costumes, or serve as an art director or consultant, for a number of westerns and pirate films, including Treasure Island  (1934), The Buccaneer (1938), and  Sinbad the Sailor (1944). 


    Creator: Unidentified photographer


    Title: Photograph of a Robert Louis Stevenson figurine by Dwight Franklin

    Item Date: ca. 1920

    Medium: Gelatin silver print, mounted on paper

    Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 7.6 cm

    Material Type: Photographs

    ADA Caption: Photograph of a Robert Louis Stevenson figurine

    Curatorial Department: Photography Collection

    Collection Name: Christopher Morley Literary File Photography Collection

    Stack Location: Box 9, Folder P898

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Photograph of a Dwight Franklin figurine of Robert Louis Stevenson, undated


Franklin developed a specialty in lifelike human figures that became popular collectibles in many American homes. His penchant for sculpting pirates and other romantic historical characters particularly endeared his work to young boys.