Stanley Piltz

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Stanley A. Piltz
Born Stanley Adolf Piltz
(1887-11-24)November 24, 1887
San Pedro, California, US
Died January 16, 1973(1973-01-16) (aged 85)
San Francisco, California, US
Spouse(s) Ruth Piltz

Stanley A. Piltz (November 24, 1887 - January 16, 1973) [1] was a California photographer and publisher of Mid-Century Modern graphic design and printed ephemera. Stanley A. Piltz Company, San Francisco, issued many Linen Type postcards from the 1930s to the 1950s, depicting scenes of California, especially of the San Francisco Bay Area and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.[2] They consisted primarily of scenic views, city, town, civil and military infrastructures and national monuments views. Linen Type postcards were produced on paper with a high rag content which gave the postcard a fabric type look and feel. At the time this was an inexpensive process. Along with advances in printing technique, linen type cards allowed for vibrant ink colors. Stanley Piltz pioneered the Linen Type postcards with his "Pictorial Wonderland Art Tone Series".

Curt Teich was the most prominent and largest printer and publisher of Linen Type postcards,[3] based in Chicago.[4] Stanley Piltz was one of the most prominent publishers on the West Coast. Curt Teich printed most of the Linen Type postcards for Piltz utilizing Teich's "C.T. Art-Colortone" printing method.[5] Other publishers in California include Burton Frasher in Pomona,[6] Western Publishing and Novelty Company, Tichnor Art Company in Los Angeles,[7] B. W. White in Monterey and Stephen H. Willlard in Palm Springs.[8]

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  1. ^ State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  5. ^ Curt Teich Postcard Archives, Lake County Discovery Museum. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Pomona Public Library's Frasher Foto Postcard Collection. Retrieved January 9, 2013
  7. ^ Tichnor Brothers Collection, Boston Public Library. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Stephen H. Willard Photography Collection & Archive. Art Museum Palm Springs. Retrieved March 16, 2014.