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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