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Head, Heart and Hand: Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters [Paperback]

Marie Via , Marjorie Searl
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Oct. 16 2007
This lavishly illustrated catalogue accompanies Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery's exhibition of the same name, the first major assemblage of objects produced at the Roycroft community in upstate New York under the leadership of the charismatic Elbert Hubbard. A consummate entrepreneur, Hubbard successfully married capitalism with basic tenets of the Arts and Crafts ideology; the Roycrofters sought to personify the best aspects of the American character in their work, which is strong, spare and often surprisingly refined. Most of the 200 works in the exhibition are pictured, with colour photographs of the personalities and places figuring in the Roycroft's peculiar history bringing the community vividly to life. Essays in the catalogue include a sociological overview anchoring the Roycroft in its turn-of-the-century milieu; an examination of the history of the Roycroft shops; and an exploration of Hubbard's role in the creation of America's consumer culture through his trademark brand of advertising and promotion. Contributors: Jack Quinan, Rixford Jennings, Frederick R. Brandt, Jean-François Vilain, Robert Rust, Kitty Turgeon-Rust, Charles F. Hamilton, Tran Turner, Laurene Buckley, Bruce A. Austin, Marjorie Searl, Marie Via.

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A fantastic book of little known facts on a wide range of aspects of the Roycroft Campus. It is particularly valuable for its details on folks associated with the Roycroft enterprise, including pieces written by or about those who actually experienced it during the Roycroft's heyday. Also, there are some rare images of people, places, and things. One really gets a realistic sense on how the Roycroft Campus operated, from all of it's glory to some of the associated warts. The only qualm is that this book could do with a good update. An absolute must for anyone really interested in anything Roycroftie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality style furniture Jan. 8 2011
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Reading about the Roycrofter furniture design and crafting, reminds us why some utilitarian pieces become valuable heirlooms and most just disposable expenses. Not only the designs creating a style of a period but the careful quality of the construction create utilitarian pieces that last forever and grow in appeal and appreciation. It also reminds us that it makes economic sense to look for these qualities when purchasing pieces for use because they are likely to last much longer than the mass produced pieces that seem cheaper but which are not sustainable or a good buy. There are more and more quality pieces available today following the Hubbard, Hitchcock, Chippendale, Shaker, Mooberry, examples.
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