Everything you always wanted to know about Fran Taylor and Gay Fad
but never could find out
... until NOW!
Gay Fad: Fran Taylorís Extraordinary Legacy is THE definitive Gay Fad encyclopedia that collectors have been eagerly -- and impatiently -- awaiting for decades!
Here it is!
Two volumes with a total of
and 745 scans!
Volume 1 tells the fascinating personal story of Fran Taylor, the amazing artist, designer, and entrepreneur who single handedly founded Gay Fad Studios, Inc. and proceeded to build it into the premier glass decorating company of the mid-twentieth century. (Youíll love the old family photos!) Volume 1 also lists hundreds of Gay Fad designs, including pictures, descriptions, and design variations, plus provides Gay Fad catalogs and price lists and identifies Gay Fad employees and sales representatives. Thereís even a Fran Taylor family tree!
Volume 2 details Gay Fadís nine Design Lines and the designs found in each, including pictures, descriptions, and design variations, plus provides fascinating historical Gay Fad photographs, advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, and invoices. Of particular interest to collectors, Volume 2 also discusses how to identify Gay Fad designs even when the glassware is not signed or marked with the distinctive Gay Fad insignia, and devotes an entire chapter to ďWhatís NOT Gay Fad,Ē other companiesí designs commonly mis-attributed to Gay Fad. If youíre new to Gay Fad, youíll especially enjoy the chapter on ďThe Artistry of Gay Fad,Ē the Ohio Glass Museumís Gay Fad exhibit. Here you will find numerous photographs that will give you an overview of the incredible number of Gay Fad designs that truly are Fran Taylorís extraordinary legacy!
Meticulously researched and documented by Donna McGrady, Gay Fad collector extraordinaire, and Santa Fe Trading Postís very own Miss Kitty, Gay Fad: Fran Taylorís Extraordinary Legacy has been two years in the making. Never before has anyone documented 453 separate Gay Fad designs, including the multiple individual designs contained within various Gay Fad design series and/or lines. All told, over 900 individual designs are pictured, all beautifully photographed or scanned from Gay Fad catalogs and advertisements.
With Forewords by Franís daughter Stephanie Taylor and Franís niece Pat Beatty, Gay Fad: Fran Taylorís Extraordinary Legacy is a must-have addition to any glass loverís library. Makes the perfect gift for the collector in your life -- especially if that collector is YOU!
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