Zootomia courtesy of Robert Rust
Pigskin binding by Charles Youngers.
Rebound by Youngers at the Roycroft Shop East Aurora N.Y., Aug 1916
Pictures courtesy of Robert Rust. Description courtesy of Paul Jackson.
by Richard Whitlock M.D.
Published by Thomas Roycroft, 1654
Rebound by Charlie Youngers in pigskin at The Roycroft Bindery in 1916
Charles and Peter Youngers were trained
as Binders by Louis Herman Kinder. In 1912 Charlie Youngers relieved Kinder as
the Head of the Bindery. In an August 1912 article on The Roycroft, Youngers was
noted as "The Boss Binder." Charles Youngers' bindings were usually only signed
Roycroft but the one above is signed Youngers. Youngers' bindings are usually
fairly plain in design. Most of Youngers' efforts were in supervising the trade
work. As time passed he did less and less hand binding. Felix Shay in "Elbert
Hubbard of East Aurora", called Youngers, "Kinder's star pupil and one who
carries on the traditions at The Roycroft these days." Although he did relieve
Kinder as "The Boss Binder" I think the binders that most carried on the style
and craftsman ship of Kinder were Lorenz Schwartz, John Grabau, and Harry Avery.
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