Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Earnest Elmo Calkins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1868 in Geneseo, Illinois


-- Earnest Elmo Calkins on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=earnest+elmo+calkins


Illinois Connection

Erenest was born in Geneseo, Illinois and raised in Galesburg, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deafened by illness as a lad, Calkins read voraciously and studied art, design and typesetting. In 1902, Calkins and Ralph Holden, his worldlier associate at agency Charles Austin Bates, opened Calkins & Holden. Success as a "modern" ad agency stemmed from its emphasis on design -- in print ads, packaging and sales promotion materials. Calkins hired top designers, engravers and artists. His white-gowned "Phoebe Snow" for the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad emphasized soot-free transportation. With radio's arrival, Calkins retired; his deafness had finally become a handicap.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

"And Hearing Not-": Annals of an Ad Man (The History of Advertising)
ISBN: 0824067541

Garland Pub. 1986

The Advertising Man
ISBN: B002MRR34K

University of Michigan Library. 2009