An image of a book caught my eye while reading an article last week from Atlas Obscura. I reached out for more information. Judy Howard of Kater-Crafts Bookbinders in Pico
Rivera, CA kindly responded. Thank you! -Editor
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders is a family owned business started in 1948 by Mel Kavin and run today by his three children. 2018 will be our 70th year of operation.
This $2 Bill book is one of a random series of books that our father Mel and his friend Vick Knight, produced over the years with the cover material relating to the book's contents. The first
one, "Origin of the Species", was bound in the 1960's. The cover was Monkey fur with the figure of a man in tooled leather. Far from correct these days!
Other entries include:
"I Married Adventure" bound in Zebra printed Cowhide
"Hawaii" bound in Tappa bark cloth
"The Jungle Book" bound in Cobra skin
"The Wind in the Willows" bound in Bullfrog skin
"Leaves of Grass" bound in AstroTurf
"Fahrenheit 451" bound in Asbestos (A presentation to Ray Bradbury)
"The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" bound in Camel skin
"The Tournament of Roses" bound in football leather
"The Stingray Shuffle" bound in Stingray skin
"A Field Guide to Western Reptiles" bound in Rattlesnake skin
"Moby Dick" bound in Whale skin (A presentation to Charlton Heston)
Funny! How about a book on Gold Leaf? Courduroy pants? -Editor
To visit the firm's web site, see:
To read the Atlas Obscura article, see:
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders (https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/katercrafts-bookbinders)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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