Bertsch & Cooper image collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Visual materials relating to the Palette & Chisel Club, and the graphic design firm of Bertsch & Cooper. Includes vintage photoprints of costume parties and burlesque skits at the Palette & Chisel Club, and of Fred Bertsch and Oswald B. Cooper; an original ink cartoon by "Webster"; color woodcuts by Gustave Baumann; color lithographs by [Blanche?] Ostertag; original graphic designs by Bertsch & Cooper; printed advertisements, broadsides, calendars, greeting cards, and other miscellaneous graphic art from the firm of Bertsch & Cooper. One of the woodcuts by Baumann is "The Builders," a.k.a. "From My Studio Window," 1908.

Biographical Historical Note

Bertsch & Cooper was a design firm founded in 1904 by Oswald Bruce Cooper and Fred S. Bertsch. The firm provided ad campaigns for such accounts as the Packard Motor Car Company and Anheuser-Busch Breweries, with Cooper providing distinctive hand lettering and sometimes the copywriting as well. In 1914 the firm became a full-service type shop. By the time Fred Bertsch retired in 1924, Bertsch & Cooper employed more than fifty people and was the largest art production facility in the Middle West.

Additional Notes

The Oswald Bruce Cooper papers, 1913-1940, are in the collection of the Newberry Library.