The print definition and quality are typical of that time period as well, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing. You will note that at the bottom of the color image there is some blue ink bleeding and inconsistent coloration, but all of that is what makes this print both charming and uniquely vintage 1932.
From research it appears that Bernhart Holst, Editor in Chief was publishing teaching aids and cyclopaedia’s starting as early as 1906 but there is little information or books available after about 1932. Holst is described on the inside copyright page as Editor of Practical American Encyclopaedia, The New Teachers’ and Pupils’ Cyclopaedia, International Reference Work and Home and School Methods; Author of Poems of Friendship; Former Teacher and Superintendent of Schools in Iowa; Institute Lecturer and Instructor, Traveler, Translator and Interpreter.
There is slight yellowing of the paper around the image, in line with a book plate that is 76 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book pages measured 6-1/4 x 9-3/4” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame. While it appears the matting is unbalanced that is only due to my limitations as a photographer – it is uniformly matted to match on all sides.
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