The Definitive Dwiggins no. 31—Early appreciation of Dwiggins

Announcement card for the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston (1909). Designed and entirely hand lettered by W.A. Dwiggins.

Announcement card for the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston (1909). Designed and entirely hand lettered by W.A. Dwiggins.

On p. 630 of the May 1915 issue of School Arts (vol. XIV, no. 9), a small card designed in 1909 by W.A. Dwiggins for The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston is reproduced (see above). The card, part of a section of the magazine devoted to “Good Ideas from Everywhere,”  is praised for its “good pen lettering.” A few pages later, Henry Turner Bailey, the magazine’s editor and one of the most influential figures in art school education in the United States between 1900 and 1930, went on to say,  ”This is an example of the good work of Mr. Will Dwiggins of Boston, whose slightest output is worthy of careful study. Every collectable scrap of his work should be added to the school collection of reference material.”