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The craftsman
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1905)

Foreword,   p. viii PDF (284.5 KB)

Page viii

HE CRAFTSMAN for February offers an unusually varied table of contents;
        representing all the subjects which it will pursue serially during
the year, be-
        side adding many others complete in themselves.
    The first article, "The Development of the Public Library,"
is regarded as timely,
since it treats one of the two great interests about which center the present
movement toward municipal art and civic improvement; the other being the
ment of the park system.
    Next following is the third paper of the series, entitled "Art in
the Home and in
the School." It contrasts with its immediate predecessor by presenting
the graceful
child-types of Kate Greenaway; indicating the ample material for study which
exists, as well as in the masterly drawings of Boutet de Monvel, which were
in the last issue. It will be followed in the March number by a study of
such early
Italian types as are suitable for the mural decoration of the schoolroom
and the
    The biographical sketch (to be concluded in the March number) appearing
upon the list, is the story of a generous, heroic struggle made in the cause
of political and
social purity. And however individual judgment may differ as to the wisdom
of the
methods employed by the reformer, one can not do otherwise than pay homage
to the
principles which were the mainspring of his action.
    Mr. Gustav Stickley's article upon "Ornament: Its Use and Its Abuse"
is printed
in answer to numerous requests seeking continued expression of his thoughts
upon con-
struction in wood, begun in his comments upon the German Exhibit in the Varied
tries Building at St. Louis, and followed by his "Plea for a Democratic
    Another article treating an interesting phase of industrial art will
be found in
"The Future of American Ceramics," from the pen of Professor Charles
F. Binns,
one of the highest authorities and best writers upon his special subject,
existing in
his adopted country.
    The "Dominion of the Doll" opens a series of two papers descriptive
of the most
cherished plaything of the child, under whatever conditions' he may be found.
accompanying illustrations will attract by their singularity, as those which
are to follow
them will excite interest by their picturesqueness and beauty.
    Finally the Craftsman House Series for 19o5 is represented by a modest
dwelling, studied with great care from the plan to the smallest detail.
   Altogether, it is believed that the present issue fulfils the New Year's
of the Editorship to exert its best effort in behalf of the city, the home
and the school,
which constitute the most vital interests of every good citizen.

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