The Birth of Speedball October 1, 2012 – Tags: linocuts, pens, Printing, printmaking, Speedball
It was founded in 1899 as the C. Howard Hunt Pen Company and was probably best known for its BOSTON pencil sharpener which adorned most classrooms across this country.
Then in the mid-1930’s:
Hunt became America’s first large manufacturer of inexpensive accessories for linoleum block printing, a popular school craft. Henry Frankenfield, printmaker and art educator, developed this line. In 1937, Hunt began to sponsor the National Scholarship Award for categories such as linoleum block prints, lettering and pen and ink drawings, and still sponsors talented young artists.
In 1997 the Speedball brand split from the Hunt Corporation and the Speedball® Art Products Company was born.
The images of linoleum cutters are from a single-sheet product catalog ca. 1940’s.