For a few years in the late 1920's, the village
of Eden, NY was home to a small press with a colorful history.
The American Arts and Crafts movement was inspired
by the work of the Englishman William Morris who captured the
imagination of many like-minded individuals. Morris's vision was
to create fine goods with a high level of craftsmanship as an
alternative to the mass-produced "cheap and nasty" materials
flooding the world as a result of the industrial revolution. The
quality of book printing had become particularly bad...
As famous as the Roycroft was, it was not the only
Western New York fine press to achieve notoriety. South of Buffalo
and less than 10 miles away from East Aurora was the Aries Press
of Eden, NY. This small press was the vision and child of Spencer
Kellogg, Jr. Kellogg was a writer, photographer, and all-around
aesthete. Being born into privilege did not make Kellogg in any
way idle. From his activity with the Buffalo Photo-Pictorialists
to his membership on the board of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy,
his support of and activity in the arts was fully committed.
To read more of Richard Kegler's
story, see page 50 of the Winter 2004 Heritage Magazine. Subscribe