Polly Lada-Mocarski, 1902-1997

My quest for more examples of Poly Lada-Mocarscki’s work has hit a roadblock. Her GBW obituary covers her considerable activities promoting bookbinding education. I can’t put it any better than that.

But other than the image in the GBW 75th Anniversary exhibit, I can find no other pictures of her work. Her obituary implies that she did not create very many designer binding, but surely she made more than one.

Does anyone know where her designer bindings might reside?


2 thoughts on “Polly Lada-Mocarski, 1902-1997

  1. Thanks, Jeff!
    I did NOT know that about the NBSS collection. Actually, I hadn’t even thought about the NBSS collection at all. Humiliating.
    I’m always in Boston for the antiquarian book fair (the weekend before Thanksgiving), but am much too busy to do any personal research. In fact, I rarely make it outside during the fair. I think, this year, I’m going to have to take several vacation days before the fair. I have places to go and people to see in Boston and Cambridge. I’d love to get a peek at the NBSS collection.
    I’ll be in touch!


  2. Abby,
    We have a couple of Polly’s bindings at North Bennet Street School. In addition to the one or two finished fine bindings there are two or three unfinished and a rather nice set of six or seven stages of a binding in progress. It includes a set of F&G’s, then the sewn version, the boards laced… The final one in the set is fully bound, tooled and titled.
    We are just setting up the bindery at our new location– today was the first day for students. I’m still unpacking the library here and will have it organized again in a couple of weeks. As you know our collection is built upon a wonderful donation by Polly. If you would like to visit next time you are in Boston please let me know.
    Jeff Altepeter
    Bookbinding Department Head
    North Bennet Street School



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