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J. Carroll Tobias papers


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J. Carroll Tobias (1899-1996) was a multi-talented artist from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tobias moved to Bethlehem in 1915 to begin working as a draftsman for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He additionally served as a staff artist for an advertising agency, and also performed research for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

In 1928, Tobias began working as a freelance commercial artist. His professions at this time included painter, illustrator, calligrapher, industrial photographer, writer, jeweler, picture framer, and restorer. Starting in 1944, he worked out of the basement of the Goundie House, built in 1810 in Bethlehem.

Tobias was a self-taught artist. He recorded his knowledge and processes in three books:

The Art of Coloring Photographic Prints (1936); The Handbook of Photo-Micrography (1936); and A Manual of Air-Brush Technique (1948). He contributed frequently to the journal American Photography. Tobias was a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and the Bach Choir.

"Obituary, J. Carroll Tobias, 97, artist and craftsman in Bethlehem." The Morning Call, December 19, 1996. "Paper Makers' Advertising Club Benefits Printers and Paper Makers." Walden's Stationer and Printer 41, no. 1 (1918): 80.

J. Carroll Tobias (1899-1996) was a multi-talented artist involved in commercial illustration and printing. The J. Carroll Tobias papers comprise correspondence and paper samples (1930-1940). The correspondence (bulk 1930-1932) consists of letters to Tobias regarding his clients, submissions of his own work for publication, and inquiries about paper samples and other products. The bulk of the paper samples likely come from an edition of

Direct Advertising (circa 1930), a publication by the Paper Makers' Advertising Club that included a section of paper samples from throughout the United States.

Box 72, F1096: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Gift of Oak Knoll Books, May 1991.

Processed and encoded by Kristen Nassif, October, 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 October 9
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Collection Inventory

Correspondence and paper samples, 1930-1940.
Box 72 Folder F1096

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