[Philadelphia]: [no publisher], [1932-1945].
Hardcover. Small quarto. Blue cloth gilt, entitled *Book Shelf Scrap Book*. Very good condition, with some yellowing to newspaper clippings and occasional loose items. A book compiled by William James Conlen's wife, Jean, focused on the years 1932-1939, which contains newspaper clippings, 32 gelatin silver photographs, typed poems and notes, letters to Conlon, and an original pen and ink design for a bookplate for Conlon by designer William Lewis Plack. Much of the material details the Conlen's relationship with the family of Jasper Yeates Brinton, a justice and later President of the Mixed Court in Alexandria, with whom William attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Conlen was also an enthusiastic amateur artist and friends with noted artist Walter E. Baum, and there are original photographs of Baum and Conlen painting in rustic outdoor locations, as well as a newspaper clipping of an article written by Baum. A number of the photographs are taken in Egypt, but the photos primarily detail painting expeditions and family visits outside of Philadelphia, in Rockport, Massachusetts, and in Chicago, as well as a number of undetermined locations. The final set of clippings focuses on relations with Mexico in the mid-to-late 1930s. Besides being a prominent admiralty lawyer and a skilled amateur painter, Conlen was the author of a number of books and articles, including *Philadelphians Abroad* and *Vignettes of Mexico*. The entire work provides an interesting overview of the concerns, work, and leisure time of this well-connected Philadelphian, with some emphasis on the Bucks County art scene in the 1930s.