Today’s blog post is written by one of our talented student employees here at UCI Special Collections & Archives, Deborah Lewis.
Frank Cushing and his beloved dog, Jigger, ca. 1960
If you were to visit to the Special Collections and Archives at UC Irvine and request to see collection number MS-R020, then perhaps you’d come across a miniature book comprised of famous nude portraits, or a 1963 tribute to President John F. Kennedy after he was assassinated, or maybe you’d see a cover of Chimera that at first glance looks strangely like a famous fantasy character (of course, this journal was printed decades before the movies). What these publications all have in common is that they were either printed or collected by Southern California’s very own Frank Myrle Cushing.
Cushing at the Garden View Press, ca. 1965
Cushing was born in 1893, and began his career as a hobby printer in 1905. He is best known for being the proprietor of the Garden View Press where he printed books for private distribution starting in 1929. Twenty-eight years later, he began printing his own journal, The Hermit’s Gazette. Not only did Cushing print his own publications, but he also collected publications from other presses like Two Maples Press and Sandy Acre Press. Besides journals and pamphlets, you can also find a variety of holiday cards (both printed by Cushing and other presses). Even though Cushing passed away on May 18, 1977, his legacy as a printer lives on at the archives.
Cushing’s journal, The Hermit’s Gazette (“This a weakly paper published semi-occasionally”)
Miniature books printed by Cushing
Come see for yourselves what this amazing collection has to offer! Our summer hours are Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm. See you there!
Various printing produced and collected by Cushing
All images from: Frank M. Cushing Collection. MS-R020. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
For more information about this collection, visit the collection finding aid on the Online Archive of California: Guide to the Frank M. Cushing Collection