Illustrated School & College Covers
By: Michael Heller

Feb 13 , 2012

Michael Heller presented at our February meeting on the topic of “Illustrated School and College Advertising Covers.”  Each of these covers depicted an illustration of a private or public school or college building; in some cases, it was a business or correspondence school.  The covers ranged from the early 1850s to the 1890s.

In most cases, he was able to research and gather some information about these institutions of learning.  As many of these schools are still in existence, there is a fair amount of historical information available, which he discussed during the presentation.  Some of the highlights included: Mount Joy Academy (detailed illustrated cameo), 1850s; Maine Wesleyan Seminary (overall illustration of campus; two covers in different colors); Cumberland Valley Institute (overall illustration on stampless cover); Augustus Female Seminary (now Mary Baldwin College); Augustana College (now a liberal arts college); New Hampton Literary Institution (now the New Hampton School); and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Other illustrated covers included: Colby University (now Colby College); Pittsburgh Female College (now Chatham College); Centenary Collegiate Institute (one of the oldest schools in NJ); University of Michigan (1867, allover illustration); and Williston Seminary (1860s, now the Williston Northampton School).