Quick Reference

Time Period:
Unknown

Location:
N/A

Medium:
Print

Type:
Bookplate

Category:
Bookplates & Cachet

Size:
Unknown

Exhibited:
N/A

Purchased:
N/A

Provenance:
NA

Noteworthy:

Leonard Eager Curtis was a pioneer in the early days of electrical power, serving as executive general counsel to the Westinghouse Electric Company in its patent litigation battles with General Electric Company. He would later leave law behind and form his own company Curtis & Hines to build power plants throughout Colorado and Mexico. He was also instrumental in bringing Nicolas Tesla to Colorado Springs to build his Experimental Labratory.

Related Links



Featured Artwork: Curtis, Leonard - Bookplate

Curtis, Leonard  - Bookplate

RSW's Diary Comments

Additional Notes

Curtis Edgar Leonard Bio-pic
Captured from the Yale Class of 1872
Biographical Review on Google Books

All of us here at the website always thought it was really odd for Woodward to include powerlines in this unique bookplate. It wasn't until recently (Nov. 2016) that we learned its importance. Leonard Eager Curtis [Yale, 1872, LL.B.] was a pioneer in the early days of electrical power, serving as executive general counsel to the Westinghouse Electric Company in its patent litigation battles with General Electric Company. He would later leave law behind and form his own company Curtis & Hines to build power plants throughout Colorado and Mexico. He was also instrumental in bringing Nicolas Tesla to Colorado Springs to build his Experimental Station.


Curtis Edgar Leonard Bio-pic
Leonard Eager Curtis

We do not know how Woodward would come to have had Curtis as a client and create this bookplate for the man but we enjoy considering the possibilities, such as, Woodward having been a classmate/friend of one of Curtis's 4 children but it seems more likely that Woodward's father Orion, a real estate developer who traveled a lot throughout the country may have crossed paths with a power plant developer like Curtis.


Below: A list of sources for the contents of this page: