A.W.S. Handbook of Occidental College
[ Ritchie, Ward, printer. ]

[Los Angeles:] 1933. Frontispiece, with portraits of the officers of the Associated Women’s Students of Occidental College, and other campus women leaders. Typographical vignette on title-page, decorative headbands. Wrappers slightly creased and lightly toned. Small chip and minor tear to crown of spine. Pages untrimmed. A very good, clean copy. Mauve wrappers, stapled at spine, with title in black on front cover. 5” x 3 .” 51 (Item ID: 14890)

$200.00

The Ward Ritchie Press was founded in 1932, though Ritchie also produced a number of student publications. Ritchie graduated from Occidental College in 1928, and so it was understandable why he was asked to produce this handbook. In addition to being a sample of the master type-designer’s early work, it is an interesting glimpse into the life of girls attending a good liberal arts college in the thirties. “The standard of Occidental womanhood has always been held high, and we are dependent upon you, the new women, to carry on its purpose…Occidental does not try to pattern all women after the same mold—rather she urges each woman to keep her own individuality, and through this individuality to contribute to Occidental and to its members” (Ruth MacCluer, A.W.S.President).

The Ward Ritchie Press and Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, p. 70.

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