Gus Blaisdell, Owner, and Janet Maher, working at the front desk checking in books. Notice, yes, card catalogs, the microfiche viewer for checking stock at Ingrams, a book distributor, plus the big volumes of Books In Print . . . Janet is now teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Visual Arts/Studio Arts, Loyola University in Maryland.
Janet wrote concerning this first article, The Living Batch (Pieces of History), “These photos grab me in a way I don’t expect. I can’t even read this all the way through – yet – nor the book. But so glad you’re doing this! I remember that Creeley reading and the party we had at the house before it began. Recently bought and planted an amaryllis bulb in a pot for Christmas and thought of Peaches selling them outside the store. So great to hear from Pat recently. I am very grateful for this complicated time, an entire lifetime within all the chapters that are still, somehow, continuing.” Janet Maher, November 17, 2012
Carl Christensen, many years the Manager at the store, was a filmmaker, a tile designer and maker, a devotee of stereoscopic photography, a cartoonist, a practicing Buddhist facilitating sesshins regularly, along with Seiju Bob, afterhours at the Batch. This card is a photograph of Carl taken by his brother, Robert Christensen, in 1974. This photo post card is copyrighted. Thank you, Bob.