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    Carl Hertzog Correspondence Archive, spanning the years 1980 through 1987 and containing over fifteen letters (some facsimiles) - five signed by Hertzog - regarding the publication of Robert Sparkman's A Day in the Life of Lon Tinkle. The letters are between Hertzog, Sparkman, and others regarding Sparkman's project that culminated with the publication of A Day in the Life of Lon Tinkle.

    In many of these letters, Hertzog opens up to Sparkman abut several topics. On June 16, 1980, Hertzog writes about his early years in business: "when I was new in the business (no capital), Jaggars, [Dick] Chiles, Stovall was the most progressive, active, knowledgeable type outfit in the West -- & they have kept up with photo-computers, electronics, etc." For a postscript he writes about his failing health: "Just had prostate operation - they had to operate second time to stop bleeding. Still urinating mud." In his ALS dated June 6, 1981, Hertzog comments on a quote in Patrick Bennet's recently published book, Talking with Texas Writers: "Have you heard the latest? Lon [Tinkle] called me an eccentric but John graves said: 'Carl is a little mad, but I like him.' (p.83 - Talking with Texas Writers)." In a letter dated July 7, 1980, Hertzog writes Sparkman, who has apparently offered to help Hertzog "back to health and activity": "I am all used up! The good Lord gave me a strong body otherwise I would have passed out long ago from over work and bad habits." In this letter, Hertzog is also replying to Sparkman's request for comments from Tinkle for the book. Also included are two carbon copies of Hertzog letters. Five typed manuscripts of Carl Hertzog's "A Few Words About My Friend Lon Tinkle" are included: four are different versions and contain annotations by Hertzog in mostly red ink.

    A Robert Sparkman ALS signed "Bob" on his personal stationery dated April 2, 1980, reading in full, "Carl: Here are some mementos of Lon for you to read while you are contemplating how the book should be done. Please plan to make it oversize with bio type and of finest quality in every way. We will find a way to pay for it." This letter is stapled to facsimiles of articles paying tribute to the recently deceased Tinkle (1980). Another Sparkman ALS to Carl dated March 24, 1980, transmits a manuscript of Sparkman's book to Hertzog. Eleven facsimile copies of letters from Sparkman to Hertzog are also included. Other facsimiles are included, such as one of a letter Sparkman wrote to French-born historian Jacques Barzun regarding Sparkman's proposal for his project of "A Day in the Life of Lon Tinkle." "For Carl Hertzog" is written in red ink at the top. A facsimile of Dr. Barzun's affirmative response is also included. Various ephemera are part of this archive, such as other documents and facsimiles and a mock-up of the cover for Sparkman's.

    At the age of twenty-one, Carl Hertzog (1902-1984) arrived in El Paso, having answered an advertisement for a printer position at the McMath Company. He continued to work around town for various print shops and advertising agencies and even opened his own shop. Over the decades Hertzog found himself working with some of the most important Texas authors and artists. His prodigious output as a printer and book designer continued well after his official retirement in 1971. In fact, he continued to work on projects for which he felt a personal affinity, even from his death bed. Throughout his life, he remained a prolific letter-writer: gossipy, candid, irascible, and always helpful in providing information about the books and broadsides he had printed over the years. Through his column in the Dallas News in the 1940s, Lon Tinkle called attention to Hertzog's meticulous attention to the details of fine book publishing. Robert Sparkman, an M.D. at the Baylor University Medical Center, published A Day in the Life of Lon Tinkle from a verbatim transcript of a recording of several speakers during a luncheon honoring Tinkle held on February 27, 1977. The speakers included Jacques Barzun, Stanley Marcus, Holland McCombs, and others. From the papers of Lee Milazzo.


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