Earnest Elmo Calkins

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General Information

Name: Earnest Elmo Calkins

Pen Name: None

Genres: Other;

Born: 1868 in Geneseo, Illinois

Deceased: 1964 in New York City, New York

Illinois Connection

Erenest was born in Geneseo, Illinois and raised in Galesburg, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deafened by illness as a lad, Calkins read voraciously and studied art, design and typesetting. In 1902, Calkins and Ralph Holden, his worldlier associate at agency Charles Austin Bates, opened Calkins & Holden. Success as a "modern" ad agency stemmed from its emphasis on design -- in print ads, packaging and sales promotion materials. Calkins hired top designers, engravers and artists. His white-gowned "Phoebe Snow" for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad emphasized soot-free transportation. With radio's arrival, Calkins retired; his deafness had finally become a handicap.

Published Works

  • "And Hearing Not-": Annals of an Ad Man (The History of Advertising) , Garland Publishing, 1986
  • They Broke the Prairie, University of Illinois Press, 1989
  • The Advertising Man, University of Michigan Library , 2009

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Literary Awards

External Links

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