My knowledge of Copley Color Cards is limited to the information presented here, which is, admittedly, not a great deal. Nevertheless, it's a start, and if you have more information that you'd like to share with the world via this website, please drop me an e-mail.
Copley Color Cards were postcard-sized cards, each depicting a work of art accompanied by explanatory text.
Copley Color Cards were copyrighted by Curtis & Cameron, Inc., Publishers, Boston.
Curtis & Cameron also produced prints called, "Copley Prints." I believe these may have been lithographs, but have no positive proof. The company apparently produced other prints as well, not called Copley Prints.
It appears that Curtis & Cameron's heyday of activity was in the late 1890's to about 1902. By 1904 we find mention of two presumably related companies: Evans and Cameron, and Curtis Publishing Co.
There is a Copley Color Card series depicting various panels from Abbey's Quest of the Holy Grail - two of the cards are shown here. The set I had consisted of twelve cards, but whether or not the set was complete is unknown to me.
Update: A bit more information on Curtis & Cameron - C.S. wrote to say that Curtis & Cameron produced a b/w print copyrighted 1909 and signed, and provided a link to same for sale: http://www.tias.com/12580/PictPage/3923510700.html
He also suggested that readers may obtain additional information about the Benjamin F. Curtis papers, 1910-1925, from the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS).
© D J McAdam. Please note: all applicable material on this website is protected by law and may not be copied without express written permission.
Home | Book Collecting | Folklore / Myth | Philately | Playing Cards | Literature | Contents