The Old, Old Story: A Collector's Guide to Adelaide Hiebel

By Chuck Kahle, Tim Smith, and Norm Platnick

Enchantment Ink is pleased to introduce the 11th volume in its series of full-color guides to American illustrators, "The Old, Old Story: A Collector's Guide to Adelaide Hiebel" by Chuck Kahle, Tim Smith, and Norm Platnick. Several years in the making, this new volume brings together everything known about Hiebel's printed works, including full-color versions of all her known calendar images and prints (including her many portraits of adults, Indian maidens, children, and animals, as well as landscapes), along with the fans, blotters, postcards, jigsaw puzzles, booklets, magazine covers, and miscellaneous items featuring her works, mostly published by the Gerlach-Barklow Co. of Joliet, Illinois. The volume includes biographical information, over 450 images on 88 8.5x11 inch, velo-bound pages, plus a detailed, 7-page index/size & price guide.

Click here to download this guide, for free.
A note from William Platnick

Hello Enchantment Ink visitor. On April 8th, 2020, the author of all these books, my father, Norman Platnick, died of complications due to a serious fall.

Words cannot describe the amount of pain my family is in right now. My father was a wonderful, humble, loving, passionate and intelligent man. He had 3 passions in life: my mother, spiders and collecting.

As a way of honoring my father's legacy in the illustrated artwork community, I will be turning as many books of his as possible into PDF files and distributing them online, for free.

If you have found these collector's guides useful, I ask that you make a donation to the Norman I. Platnick Memorial Fund, which will be setting up a scholarship in the field of arachnology, my father's career.

If you'd like to learn more about my father and his amazing life (such as skipping middle school and high school and going to college when he was 12), I'd like to lift up just a few pieces:

NY Times: Norman Platnick Obituary
Concord University Magazine Fall 2018: Friendly Neighbordhood Arachnologist page 20
NY Times: The Exciting Adventures of Spider Man
Daily News: NYC'S real-life spider man
NY Times: For Some, an Appliance; for Others, Art
The Wall Street Journal: Warming Up to Spiders

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