Posted 6 months ago
I had a most interesting day. I bought these two at the local thrift shop. I liked the one on the right, but the one on the left seemed to go with it (somehow - I didn't realize they were by the same person, at the time - none of the names/stylings meant anything to me). Hating to separate what seemed to be a pair of sorts, I got both. I always research my findings and this has to be one of the most interesting thrift shop mysteries to date. It led through an interesting tale of the late 50s/early 60s in the arts. I thought the story was going to be about the person both pieces were autographed to: Ed Dacher aka Edward Dacher - owner of the fancy Werner's in Westport restaurant, man of the year recipient, contributor to the Bal de Rose - a Ball at the Fairmount to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Assn. But, the story got really interesting as I researched the people who had drawn and signed them. Both seem to be done by Emery Clarke - 1960s crime novel/pulp magazine cover illustrator, co-creator of The Invisible Scarlet O'Neal comic strip, and instructor at the Famous Artist School. The one on the left appears to be Vic Keppler AKA Victor Keppler, responsible for integrating photography and print advertising and founder of the Famous Photographers School (a correspondence school for photography associated with the Famous Artist School). The one on the right seems to be Al Dorne AKA Albert Dorne, former boxer turned artist, friend of Norman Rockwell, illustrator of iconic 1960s advertising, and founder of the Famous Artist School (a correspondence school for art). The restaurant, the Famous Artist School, and the Famous Photographer School were all based in Westport, CT. Sadly the artwork doesn't appear to be original (I haven't opened up the frames, but they appear to be reprints), but the inscriptions seem to be authentic and the story is fascinating. Four hours later, I feel like I solved just a piece of the whole mystery and wish I could have been a fly on the wall at that restaurant. THIS IS JUST WHAT I COULD FIND ONLINE, DO YOU HAVE MORE TO ADD? DO CORRECTIONS NEED TO BE MADE? Ex. Would Werner's have been close to the Famous Artist School? What is the connection between them? Just coincidence, being in the same town? Additionally, is there some place that would appreciate having these? I feel like I'm sitting on a piece of history that tells a bigger story that many might enjoy knowing... I was going to see if there were kids/grandkids/etc, even, that would appreciate having them donated to them, but the trails ran cold.