An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury part 6

After gaining what printing experience he could at Wayne Carlson’s factory in Benicia, Bruce then transferred over to Winfield Wallpapers in San Francisco. He started off mixing color for production, which was “tremendously helpful” in applying the color theory he had learned already. When Bruce enthusiastically shared his vision with the Winfield management of starting [...]

An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 5

One of the first things Bruce would need to learn if he was going to open a wallpaper company was how to print on paper. He decided that hand printing using silkscreens would be the most efficient method, allowing for small runs as well as rich coloring, like that seen in chromolithography. He attended night [...]

An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 4

Years ago a reporter asked a Bradbury employee, “So where did Bruce get the idea for Bradbury & Bradbury?” They responded “Bruce was sitting on a rock in India when a man on a flaming Pop-Tart told him ‘You are Bradbury & Bradbury with an ampersand’. And so we are”. With apologies to John Lennon, [...]

An Illustrated History of Bradbury & Bradbury Part 3

Having arrived in San Francisco from Maine, Bruce found himself in neighborhoods like nothing he had encountered before: A seemingly endless stock of elaborately ornamented Victorian row houses. Many of the yet unpainted ladies he saw had the worn patina of age and forlorn dignity. Once inside, Bruce was “astonished” at their high ceilings and [...]

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