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MsC 788

Collection Dates: 1927 -- 1997)
(Bulk Dates: 1985 -- 1995 )
4. 5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The majority of materials in this collection were acquired by artist, author, and archivist John Held Jr. (born 1947) from William "Picasso" Gaglione (born 1943). Gaglione has worked extensively with both stamp art and mail art. Gaglione founded the rubber stamp company Stamp Francisco, which he owned from 1982 -- 1997. From 1990 -- 1997 he served as the curator of the Stamp Art Gallery. Gaglione currently designs stamps for the company Stampland, which he runs with his wife Darlene Domel. He is also the editor of Stampzine, an irregularly published collaborative of stamp art.

Scope and Contents

The ATCA (Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts) Rubber Stamp Art Collection consists of 4.5 linear feet of miscellaneous printed materials concerning rubber stamp art from 1927 -- 1997. Catalogs from various rubber stamp companies and orgainizations comprise the majority of the collection. These companies and organizations are organized in alphabetical order. Note: This is a folder level inventory. Specific contents of each folder are not listed.

Related Materials

Additional material on William Gaglione can be found in Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts: Artists' works and Correspondence. The stamp related zines National Stampographic, The Rubber Fanzine, The Rubber Stamper, Rubberstampmadness, Stamp Art, Stamp Axe, and Stampzine can be found in Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts: Periodicals and Zines. This is an Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Art collection.

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by John Held and Steven Durland.

Prepared by D. Crites, J. Roethler

Guide posted to Internet: May 2005

Box Contents List

Box 1

Miscellaneous Rubber Stamp Related Materials

Flyers, notices, and booklets for rubber stamp shows, events, and festivals

Publications about rubber stamps

William Gaglione correspondence concerning rubber stamps

Rubber Stamp Companies and Organizations

A Stamp in the Hand

A A Graphics

Aardvark Adventures

Box 2

Abracadada Rubber Stamps/ Stamp Francisco

Acey Deucy

Aladdin Stamps


Alice In Rubberland Fantasy Stamps

All Night Media

American Traditional

Anderson Enterprises

Anne Made Designs

Annette Allen Watkins Printworks

Anonymous Stamp Catalogs

A.N.T. Transfer Company

Aquarian Research Foundation

Arben Corporation

Art Studio Workshop

Box 3

ArtCraft Distributing Comapny

Artistic Impressions

Artstampers World, Incorporated

August Grauer's Magic Show

B. M. Blue

Bayberry Stamps

Bears to Go


Bergsma Ilustrations

Beth Club Stamping Gear

Big Black Cadillac


Blue Moon

Bobz Rubber Stamp Company

Bonnie Rose Company

Boo Coo Rubber Stamps

Bookman Enterprise

Boston International Incorporated

Brand X

Button Mania

C Note Enterprises

Box 4

Calligraphy Rubber Stamps

Cat Stickers and Rubber Stamps

Catnip Corner, The

Chicken Little Rubber Stamp Factory


Classic Status Stamp Company

Co-motion Rubber Stamps

Contemporary Concepts

Country Peddlers, The

Creatrix Carvings

Dawn Rubber Stamp Company

Decor 8

Diced Lemon

Distinct Impressions

Doo-Da Postage Works

Evergreen Engraving

Fabulous Rubber Stamps

Fairfax Rubber Stamp Company (formerly Red rubber Valley)

Far East Rubber

Far North Images

Fawcet Stamps

Fearless Design

First Impressions

Five and Dime Rubber Stamps, The

Flim-Flam Shop

Fly By Night

Flying Fish Rubber Stamps

Folk Stamps

Fruit Basket Upset

Funny Business Rubber Stamps

G and K Stamper Enterprises Company

Box 5

Go Stamping

Gold Thrush Arts

Good Impressions

Good Stamps

Govin's Incorporated Office Supply


Gravin Images

Great Notions Rubber Stamps

Gregory Manifacturing Company, Incorporated

Happy Rubber

He "B" She "B" Rubber Stamp Company

Hero Arts

High Top Rubber Stamp Company

I Stamp


Impressive Stamps

Incestuous Rubber Stamp Comapny, The

Box 6

Ink and Image Rubber Stamps


Inkadoodle Dandies

Inkcredible Stamps

Inkling Stamp Comapny

International Premium Incorporated


J. C. Casey Design Rubber Stamps

Jackson Marking Products

Jerlyn Ju

Johnston Linotype Service Rubber Stamps

Judi Kins Rubber Stamps

Just Kids

Karen's Character Stamps

Kate Lanxner Stamps


Kitten Kaboodle

Kitten Log Rubber Stamps

Klear Copy Design Rubber Stamps

Lasting Impressions

Leavenworth Jackson rubber Stamps

Leisure America Productions Limited


Box 7

Lew company, The

Leonardo's Stampworks

Limited Edition Rubber Stamps

Lookin' Good Trading Company

Lost Marbles Rubberstamps

Loveland Rubber Stamp Company

Loving Little Rubber Stamps

Luv 'N Stuff

Lyons Rubber Stamps

MacGregor Enterprises

Mac-J Incorporated

Mainly Impressions

Make Your Mark Rubber Stamps

Marburger Stempel

Margaret Stamps

Mary alice Scenic Stamps

Metropolitan Stamp Company

Midnight Oil

Midnight Studio

Mini Creations

Ministry of Silly Stamps

Minkey's Rubber Stamps

Mostly Hearts

Box 8

Mother and Child Rubber Stamps

Mother's Rubber Stamp Company

Museum of Modern Rubber

My Favorite Things

My Little Shop

Mystic Seals Rubber Stamps

Name Brand

National Stampagraphic (for issues of this zine see Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Art: Periodical and Zines)

Nature Impressions

Neato Stuff

No Name Stamps

Northampton Museum of modern Art Picotiral Rubber Stamps

Nostalgic Impressions

One Hundred Proof Press

Orange Rubber Stamp Comapny

Palo Alto Printing and Rubber Stamps

Patrick and Company

Personal Stamp Exchange

Po Jo's Novelty Rubber Stamps


Print Play


PSX Rubber Stamps

Ragged Edge Press

Rollerwall Incorporated

Rub-A-Dub-Dub Rubber Stamp Works

Rubber Moon Stamps

Rubber Stamp Catalog, The

Rubber Stamps From Asia


Rubbersmith, The



Rubberstampmadness (for issues of this zine see Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Art: Periodical and Zines)

Box 9

Ruth Hoppes Rubber Stamps

Sachs-Lawlor Anatomical Rubber Stamps

Saint Simian Society Limited

Serendipity Stamps

Seventeenth Stree Rubber Works

Square Beans Rubber Stamp Catalog

Stamp Act, The

Stamp Art Gallery

Stamp Art Unlimited

Stamp Out Art

Stamp Pad Catalog, The

Stampa Barbara

Stampcrafter, The

Stamping Grounds, The

Stamping Up A Storm

Stampinks Unlimited

Stampos Rubber Stamps

Stamps of Approval



Superior Type Company, The

Tickled Ink

Top-Drawer rubber Stamp Catalogue


Tsukineko, Incorporated

Whoooshka Stampworks

X Stamper

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