Stern, Alec (illus).
Alec Stern Studio. Circa 1959.
Salesman's sample selection of Christmas cards by illustrator and etcher Alec Stern (hole-punched at left side of each sheet, now loose in a manila folder). Contains a total of 25 approximately 8 1/2 x 4 inch cards: 5 loose cards (4 black and white, 1 full color) which are unattached to backing, and 20 cards (4 black and white, 15 single color, 1 full color) the back fold of each attached with adhesive to card sheets. The inside of each card has this text printed: a season's greetings message, "your name imprinted here," "order by title and number," and the card title and number. Folder also includes two double-sided sheets of miniatures, one with 16 dog images and the other with 13 Southwest Mission images. Double-sided text sheet provides information about the artist and instructions for ordering. Slight toning to edges of some prints; overall excellent condition. Prints attached to card sheets would be easy to remove by cutting along fold. The cards feature scenes from the American West (Monterey Peninsula, Crater Lake, Mt. Rainier, and more) and animals (horses, dogs and birds). The two full-color prints are "Frontier Locomotive" and "Mallards Coming In". Not all of the prints listed on the instruction sheet are provided in this album. Alec Stern was born in 1904 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and had "the dubious honor of not only weathering San Francisco's 1906 earthquake but also being present at a repeat performance in 1957." He spent eight years as an illustrator on the San Francisco Chronicle and opened his own studio and publishing plant in San Mateo in 1955. Item #56034