The first event of record of our Association occurred in July 13, 1911 at the Sherman Hotel, Chicago, IL. This was the first Annual Convention of the National Association of Steel and Copper Plate Engravers.
Years later, the Association name was changed to Engravographia and remained unchanged through the 17th Annual Convention of July 1927. In 1928, the Association’s name was changed to Engraved Stationery Manufacturers’ Association (ESMA). Following the name change, on July 22, 1938, the Association was headquartered in Room 622 – Tower Building, Washington, DC and was incorporated as a non-profit organization under Section 101 (7) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The first ESMA Annual Convention was July 17-19, 1939 at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, NY. In less than three years after the first convention, World War II caused a huge shortage of copper in the Stationery Engraving industry. In order to gain effective representation with the federal government, John A. Bresnahan, a Washington, DC attorney was hired. After guiding the Association through that problem, he was retained as legal counsel and manager until February 1967.
During 1967 and 1968, discussions were conducted with Printing Industries of America for ESMA to become a special industry group of that Association. A trial period of a year was undertaken in 1968-1969. At the same time, exploratory talks took place with Printing Industry of Illinois in Chicago for the management of ESMA. In 1970, the Board voted to become affiliated with the Printing Industry of Illinois (PII) and was managed by that Association until the end of 1980.
The relationship between the Printing Industry Association of the South (PIAS) and the Engraved Stationery Manufacturers Association (ESMA) began in the autumn of 1980. The late David F. Bacon, President of PIAS was contacted by John Motsinger, President of The Jenner Company (a PIAS and ESMA member company at the time) of Louisville KY to inquire if PIAS would consider discussing the management of our Association. Representatives of the two Associations scheduled a meeting at the office of Jim Nusssmeier, ESMA Board Chairman, Nussmeier Engraving Company, Evansville, IN. Dave Bacon and a member of his staff, Harris Griggs traveled to Evansville to meet with Mr. Nussmeier and John Motsinger. The meeting resulted in a tentative agreement that ESMA would move the management from PII to PIAS, pending approval of the Board of Directors of both Associations. The Directors of both Associations approved the agreement, to be effective January 1, 1981.
December 11, 1980, Harris Griggs flew to Chicago for a transition meeting with PII staff member Dudley Robinson. PII agreed to gather and package all membership and financial records and other miscellaneous materials for the year-end change of management. December 29, 1980, PIAS staff members Harris Griggs and Bob Sims drove a rented van to Chicago to complete the move. December 30, 1980, with the assistance of Dudley Robinson, ESMA records and an inventory of miscellaneous items were loaded into the van and moved to Nashville.
July 13, 1911—The first organized meeting of a group dedicated to intaglio engraving.
July 22, 1938—Engraved Stationery Manufacturers’ Association is incorporated.
July 17-19, 1939—First ESMA Annual Convention, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, NY.
1945—The Annual Convention was cancelled because of World War II.
1947—A need was recognized for a styles and forms book for social engraving. After more than a year of writing, editing and reviewing by many authorities, a modern, up-to-date book was published in 1949. This book with several revised additions has served the industry to the present time.
August 1, 1952—Twenty-two ESMA members contributed five hundred dollars each and founded the Engraved Stationery Manufacturers’ Research Institute. The purpose was to engage in scientific research in the field of Engraved Stationery Manufacturing. One of the first projects was to research a new type of ink. The ink was the predecessor of our present day quick drying inks.
September 25, 1978—OSHA Program Directive 100-105. The purpose of the directive was to provide guidance for point of operation guarding requirements relative to hand-fed engraving presses in the Engraved Stationery Industry. The directive remains in effect.
1985—The ESMA Press Operator Training Program, under the guidance of John Black, Excelsior Process and Engraving was completed and distributed to subscribing members.
December 1987—Following the death of long-time ESMA member, William J. Kernan, Jr., William J. Kernan & Son Engraving Co., Detroit, MI, the Association was notified of being named beneficiary in the last will and testament of Mr. Kernan. The amount specified in the will was $108, 807.81. The will specified that interest earned be used for the teaching and instruction of intaglio engraving or research projects for the engraving industry.
Notable projects developed by the Kernan Fund interest includes the Peri-etch video, the Engravers Education Book and the Design To Touch project.
July 1991—Initial planning of the Engraving Promotion Program was presented by the P/R firm of Williams and House. The detailed outline of the program was presented to the members attending the Annual Conference. The program was funded by member pledges. A committee of Dick Dumouchel, Joe Fontana and Jeff Van Zandt guided the fundraising effort. Numerous projects were developed by Williams and House with the guidance and approval of the ESMA Board of Directors.
November 1996—The ESMA member pledge method of funding P/R projects was replaced by the Ink Industry Sponsored Program. A surcharge of $.20 per pound for ink purchases was collected by the ink manufacturers and remitted to ESMA. This method of funding was continued through May 2003.
June 1999—A proposal was submitted to the members at the Annual Membership to change the name of the Association. The proposal to change the name of the Association to International Engraved Graphics Association was unanimous.
May 2005—The Association’s participation in the Supply Side/National Stationery Show, held annually at the Javits Center, New York, NY was initiated as a project to further promote the intaglio engraved product. Individuals attending the annual show are among the best prospects for designing, specifying and using engraving products. The show continues to be a very cost effective method of promoting our industry and products.
June 2010—The Design School Project, with the leadership of Robert H. Busch was presented at the Annual Membership Meeting at the Newport, RI Conference. Although much remained to be completed, the project was presented in its outline form. The finished product will be directed to the design community and design schools. The project will provide the target audience with many items of interest, including a textbook, teaching curriculum and website. The project is being funded with earnings from the William J. Kernan, Jr. Education Fund.
Past Meeting Sites
|Radisson Hotel||Minneapolis, MN||July 1963|
|Denver Hilton||Denver, CO||July 1964|
|New York Hilton||New York, NY||July 1965|
|Jack Tar Hotel||San Francisco, CA||July 1966|
|Doral Beach Hotel||Miami, FL||July 1967|
|Bismarck Hotel||Chicago, IL||June 1968|
|Hotel America||Hartford, CT||July 1969|
|Bel Air East Hotel||St. Louis, MO||July 1970|
|Sands Hotel||Las Vegas, NV||June 1971|
|Camino Real Hotel||Mexico City, Mexico||July 1972|
|Williamsburg Lodge||Williamsburg, VA||July 1973|
|May Fair Hotel||London, England||September 1974|
|Inn On The Park||Toronto, Canada||July 1975|
|Century Plaza Hotel||Los Angeles, CA||July 1976|
|Drake Hotel||Chicago, IL||July 1977|
|Copley Plaza||Boston, MA||July 1978|
|Callaway Gardens||Pine Mountain, GA||July 1979|
|Sir Francis Drake Hotel||San Francisco, CA||July 1980|
|Hotel Bonaventure||Montreal, Canada||July 1981|
|The Homestead||Hot Springs, VA||July 1982|
|Denver Marriott||Denver, CO||June 22-25, 1983|
|Chatham Bars Inn||Chatham, MA||June 27-30, 1984|
|Amway Grand Hotel||Grand Rapids, MI||July 10-14, 1985|
|Hotel del Coronado||San Diego, CA||July 16-20, 1986|
|Hyatt Regency||Maui, HI||July 8-12, 1987|
|The Lodge||Pebble Beach, CA||July 13-17, 1988|
|J. W. Marriott||Washington, DC||June 28-July 2, 1989|
|May Fair Hotel||London, England||May 9-13, 1990|
|Newport Marriott||Newport, RI||July 10-13, 1991|
|Jackson Lake Lodge||Moran, WY||June 3-7, 1992|
|The Greenbrier||White Sulphur Springs, WV||June 23-27, 1993|
|Southampton Princess||Hamilton, Bermuda||June 22-25, 1994|
|Sunriver Resort||Sunriver, OR||July 5-8, 1995|
|The Red Lion Inn||Stockbridge, MA||June 26-29, 1996|
|The Bishop’s Lodge||Santa Fe, NM||June 25-28, 1997|
|The Samoset Resort||Rockport, ME||June 30-July 5, 1998|
|Sonnenalp resort||Vail CO||June 23-27, 1999|
|Kingsmill Resort||Williamsburg, VA||June 28-July1, 2000|
|Grouse Mountain Lodge||Whitefish, MT||June 27-30, 2001|
|The Sagamore||Bolton Landing, NY||June 26-29, 2002|
|Grand Geneva Resort||Lake Geneva, WI||June 25-28, 2003|
|Jackson Lake Lodge||Moran WY||June 23-26, 2004|
|Host Resort||Lancaster, PA||June 22-25, 2005|
|Resort at Squaw Creek||Olympic Valley, CA||June 18-21, 2006|
|Mystic Hilton||Mystic, CT||June 17-20, 2007|
|The Bishop’s Lodge||Santa Fe, NM||June 25-28, 2008|
|Horseshoe Bay Resort||Horseshoe Bay, TX||July 8-11, 2009|
|Newport Marriott||Newport, RI||June 24-26, 2010|
|Little America Hotel||Salt Lake City, UT||June 23-25, 2011|