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1923 Lithograph AJ Johnson Folk Art Quaker Lace Tablecloth Philadelphia PA CCD1
1923 Lithograph AJ Johnson Folk Art Quaker Lace Tablecloth Philadelphia PA CCD1

1923 Lithograph AJ Johnson Folk Art Quaker Lace Tablecloth Philadelphia PA CCD1

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"Quaker Craft Lace"

This is an original 1923 black and white with color lithograph cover for the Quaker Lace Company. This original cover is produced using two different color cover inks. The pristine nature of this piece, exceptional color saturation, and dramatic textures make this highly collectible. Please see both images.

The cover design was created by the artist A.J. Johnson for the Quaker Lace Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The following details were used when creating this original cover: Stock (heavy point parchment), Inks (Gray H.G. 154, Black 3618).

The Bromley Manufacturing Company was founded in 1889 by the sons of English carpet maker John Bromley who immigrated to the United States in the 1840s. The brothers opened a new factory in Philadelphia, PA and renamed it the Quaker Lace Company in 1911. The company quickly became known for the exceptional quality and durability of their lace curtains and tablecloths, and one of their tablecloths was even used in the White House during the Eisenhower administration. The company later declared bankruptcy in 1992.


This 90+ year old Item is rated Near Mint. No aging. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Lithograph; Black & White w/ Color
  • Grade: Near Mint
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 13.5 inches; 26 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer one of the most exclusive collections of original lithographs displaying award-winning cover designs for various brands, locations, and independent genres. In the early 1920's a cover design contest was held and thirty-five hundred American and European artists competed. The contest resulted in a select group of three hundred designs.

The three hundred finalist designs were exhibited in important art galleries of the larger cities of the United States and Canada. During this time it was suggested that some of the designs be created in a permanent form which became the inspiration for this collection being released in its entirety by Period Paper. The extraordinary collaborative effort required to produce these lithograph covers in 1923 demonstrates the outstanding craftsmanship of the era. Credits to those who produced these originals follow.

Frank T. Ellis of the Thomsen-Ellis Company in Baltimore supervised the authentic faithful productions of the artist's sketches and the creation of the lithograph/engraving plates. The actual plates were produced by the Baltimore-Maryland Engraving Company under the direction of Richard D Armiger. All of the plates used to produced the stunning emboss and deboss details were made by C. Struppmann & Company in West Hoboken, New Jersey. The premium cover inks were made by Lewis Roberts, Inc of Newark, New Jersey under the direction of Norman L Lavers. Lastly, the heavy parchment-style cover stock that each lithograph was produced on was created specifically for this collection by Hampden Glazed Paper and Card Company in Holyoke, Mass. under the direction of William S. Fowler.

While we have taken multiple detailed pictures of these astonishing lithographs, they cannot capture the beauty of the ink coverage, the height of the emboss, nor the thickness of the parchment stock. To be fully appreciated, these original works of art need to be seen in person. As we know there were likely about 100 of these collections produced, we will be diligently hunting for additional groups.

This piece was illustrated by Johnson, A.J.. There is no visible artist signature.

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