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'Gus' Hutaf
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A little mason wearing his first pin
August William Hutaf (1879/02/25 - 1942/10/28)
Copyright 1908, Ullman Mfg. Co. N.Y.
9 3/4" by 7 3/4"
"A little mason wearing his first pin" was one of a series of illustrations by August Hutaf, aimed at Freemasons, Elks, Eagles, Red Men, Shriners and Odd Fellows. The masonic print was often sold in an 13 1/2" by 11 1/2" Arts and Crafts frame, a square and compasses emblem molded into the top left corner.
An advertising executive from Hoboken, New Jersey, 'Gus' Hutaf created commercial artwork for series of postcards, theatre programmes, sheet music and book illustrations as well as oil paintings, watercolours, pottery and posters.1
Part of the Arts and Crafts movement, Hutaf also "designed a line of mission pottery using the subdued colors and scenery of the lower California missions and encased the pots in stands made of wood to compliment the era's mission furniture."2
Christopher Morley once wrote, "his work is humorous, charming, decorative and deserves to be collector's items. When Old Gus and all of us are forgotten, there will still be copies of his work on the walls of godfearing people."1

2.Collector's Guide to Owens Pottery, Frank L. Hahn. Golden Era Publications, Sonoran Pub (July 1996), ISBN : 0926110039 hc. Hutaf was an artist at J.B. Owens Pottery, Zanesville, Ohio in 1904.


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