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Earnest Elmo Calkins

Born: 1868 in Geneseo, Illinois
Died: 1964

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Calkins was born in Geneseo and raised in Galesburg.

Biography: Deafened by illness as a child, 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Earnest Elmo Calkins on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  "And hearing not--" :
ISBN: 0824067541 OCLC: 12810006

Garland Pub., New York : 1985.

They broke the prairie :
ISBN: 0252060946 OCLC: 19626323

University of Illinois Press, Urbana : ©1989.