Archive for June 7th, 2009

The Coming Together


Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

                    – Elbert Hubbard


I came across this quote and wanted to use it not just because I find it humorous but because I wanted to just point out the life of Elbert Hubbard who started and headed the Roycrofters in East Aurora, NY in the early part of the 20th century.  I came across the Roycrofters many years ago when I acquired several of Hubbard’s books.  They were printed and bound by the Roycrofters and were beautifully done with wonderful papers and great bindings.  I discovered that the Roycrofters was a community that Hubbard had assembled that created many artisan products in the Arts and Crafts style- books,furniture, pottery, hammered copper and  more.  All beautiful stuff.

Hubbard was an interesting guy whose life ended in a fittingly interesting way as he was aboard the Lusitania, the ocean liner controversially sunk by German u-boats in the early days of World War I.

I don’t have a lot to say about Hubbard except that I’ve always admired his aesthetic works and the humor and wisdom he imparted in his books.  If you get a chance, look him up…





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