1953-67. Ephemera. A unique collection of Baskin New Year greetings, keepsakes and a birth announcement for their son Tobias, sent to Leonard's W.W.I.I. navy buddy and his wife, Irving and Esther Levi.
The 15 pieces of ephemera are printed on a variety of papers and colors. The images draw from Baskin's work at the time, including
Pax 1953 Esther & Leonard Baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1953. Printed in black on tan paper, illustration of plow share and bird. 15 x 7".
a very happy year 1954 from esther and leonard baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1954. Cream paper, illustration in tan of shells, leaves, mice, grasshopper, flowers. 7 ¾ x 5 ½"
A HAPPY YEAR 1955 ESTHER & LEONARD BASKIN. Ephemera, New Year 1955. Cream paper, black illustration of bird & shrub design, red text. 10 x 7".
Holiday Greetings Alice & Irving Levi. A holiday card printed by Baskin for the Levi's. Ephemera, New Year 1955. Bi fold card, illustration black Partridge in a Pear Tree, issued by MOMA. 4 ½ x 3 3/8".
A Happy 1956 from Esther and Leonard Baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1956. Cream paper, black angel, red border. 3 ½ x 6 7/8".
TOBIAS ISAAC BASKIN WAS BORN ON WEDNESDAY MORNING 17 APRIL 1957 ESTHER & LEONARD BASKIN. Ephemera, birth announcement, 1957. Cream paper, red floral design surrounding black text, one fold. 4 3/8 x 6".
A VERY HAPPY 1957 FROM ESTHER AND LEONARD BASKIN. Ephemera, New Year 1957. Cream paper, field of wildflowers in black above red text. 7 x 3 3/8".
A Happy Year Esther Leonard Baskin. Ephemera, New Year, undated, (1958/9?). Cream paper, red illustration of cock , bull, tiger & sheep stacked upon each other. 6 x 8".
Woodblock. PAX. Ephemera, undated, (1958/9?). Image of bird in red, image of flying bird in black. 5 x 8".
a happy 1960 from esther & leonard baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1960. Tall 16mo, illustration of green dried flower pod. 3 ¾ x 10 1/8".
a happy 1961 from esther & leonard baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1961. Red clove of garlic illustration, one fold. 5 1/8 x 4 ¼".
A VERY HAPPY 1962 FROM ESTHER & LEONARD BASKIN. Ephemera, New Year 1962. Cream paper, red illustration of garlic, text in black, one fold. 3 3/8 x 5 ¾".
A Happy 1963 from Esther & Leonard Baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1963. Cream paper, one fold, image of bird of prey within an egg design. 5 ¾ x 3 7/8".
A Very Happy 1964 From Esther Tobias and Leonard Baskin. Ephemera, New Year 1964. Clove of garlic illustration printed on green paper, one fold. 6 1/8 x 4 ¾".
"For Eakins". Printed card, Gehenna Press 1967. With the envelope addressed to Mrs. A. Levi, Scarsdale NY. Ltd. 500 copies. "Thomas Eakins died fifty years ago. This anniversary has passed unnoticed… The Gehenna Press in sending to its friends good augury for the new year…" On the verso, the limitation to "Five hundred copies printed at The Gehenna Press December 1966. The portrait is newly engraved by Leonar Baskin for this keep-sake." 4 x 4 3/4".
One item foxed, one with minor splashes. Overall, very good condition. A unique collection. Very good overall. Item #26935