5.29.2010

Oh, before I forget: an award

A couple of weeks ago The Handy Book of Artistic Printing (a showcase of nineteenth century decorative printing of which I am co-author and -designer with Doug Clouse) was honored with a publication award from the Victorian Society in America. We were thrilled that it was recognized for content rather than just for design (though that's nice too...). 

The evening ceremony was held at the glorious Eldridge Street Museum which was built in 1887 as the first synagogue by East European Jews in New York. An opulent jewel detailed with Moorish and Orientalist touches, it is plunked in the midst of dumpling shops and other Chinese storefronts deep in the Lower East Side, and was a complete surprise to me.
If you haven't already, please take a little tour of the book.


We were one of several award-winners that evening. One author I chatted with, David Freeland, was recognized for Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure, a picaresque narrative of New York's forgotten amusements which I am thoroughly enjoying right now. A full post on it when I've finished!

5 comments:

Montag said...

Congrats on the award, and thanks for the photos of such a beautiful "shul" - the likes of which I have never seen.

Sophie Munns said...

Angela...
clever girl...
well done i say!
Amazing venue for your award....it must have felt extra special to be help there! Am going to peek in your book now!
S

angela said...

Thank you!
I had never been there and it was utterly magical...precisely because it was so out of place and unexpected.
I do think it made the award all the more meaningful.

The Victorian Society also recognizes building preservation projects. The Eldridge Synagogue was truly a gargantuan project, so well done.

lush bella said...

i have your book and love it. congrats on the award.

angela said...

Why thank you Lush Bella!

Lovely cards you have...


We're going to be working on another book-- but its a long way off yet.

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