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Posted 5 years ago

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I'm not an art expert, but I believe this is silkscreen on heavy cardboard as opposed to a printed sign. The artist's name is Leopold Krumel, a 'listed' artist who worked in the Alameda CA area in the 20's & 30's.

The condition is amazing given the 80-odd years on this earth. The colors couldn't be more vibrant. The sign was uncovered in the basement of a graphic designer and the sign was protected only by being in a pile and undisturbed for many, many years. The size is approximately 37" tall by 20" wide.

The one problem is that when it was uncovered, the finders' hands were dirty and that transferred onto the gold edges of the the sign. Anyone have any suggestions on how one might remove them? Also, any information on the artist would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. donnie99, 5 years ago
    Hello. My wife is Leopold Krumel's great-granddaughter. We have a few old works of his around the house. He was a graphic artist and did advertisements (as you have) and some work for Stanford University's yearbook around the 20s or 30s. He also painted some watercolor paintings that are quite good (but I'm no expert and obviously biased).
  2. Pencil-necked-geek Pencil-necked-geek, 5 years ago
    And hello back 'atcha! It's always nice to be able to connect historical items back to present-day decendents. It's a huge part of what makes playing with this 'old stuff' so enjoyable.

    Thanks for the confirmation on Mr. Krumel's bona fides. Does this sign represent a usual art-nouveau style or are the examples you have different?
  3. mreines, 8 months ago
    I would love to be in touch with donnie99. I am a grand niece of Lily Zahl Krumel, Leo's wife. Many of my family have watercolor paintings by Uncle Leo and also a painting by his son, Herby.
  4. donnie99, 8 months ago
    PNG - sorry for not replying for 4 years! :). But yes this is a bit different than his other work that we have.
    Mreines-- please contact me at d_grannan@yahoo.com. I'd love to compare notes!


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