and then I will try to cool out on the ephemera jag for a while. I started hitting the dollar carts at local bookstores just looking for plates. That's when you know you've got it bad.
Here's a storied plate in kind of a Thomas Hart Benton-style, found in a copy of Western Star by Stephen Vincent Benet, 1943.
"From the Library of Lee Bradley Ledford Sr." & Jr.
Lee Ledford Jr. was a native of Harlan County, Kentucky, and a Major in the U.S. Army at the time of inheriting this volume. As a 1st Lt during WWII, it looks like he served with the 489th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Armored Division. Later in life he established a foundation to benefit college undergrads from Appalachia.
I found this next plate "Judy Reisman's Book", in a copy of Popular Stories for Girls, Cupples and Leon, 1913.
Don't know anything about it, but I like the rough, block-printed style.