Guide to the Papers of Frederick E. Dahl, 1856 - 1969Manuscript MS-1124

Biography

Frederick Emile Dahl was born in London, England on June 18, 1881 to parents who had immigrated from Norway. Frederick and his family moved to the United States in 1890. He attended public school through fourth grade after which his father tutored him at home. In 1897 at the age of 16 he began a four year wood engraving apprenticeship with Field and Beattie in New York which he left after one year as he thought he had learned all that he could learn there. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut and in 1908 formed a partnership with another engraver, Mark Sinnott. They named their new business Dahl & Sinnot. Sinnot left the business in the 1920's but Dahl retained the name. The primary focus of the business was advertising and the prints of the wood blocks the company created were used in many publications and catalogs of the time. Frederick Dahl retired in 1957 and the company was dissolved. He died in Florida in 1961 at the age of 79.

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