The hand-bound album with the inscription “William H. Wilke” consists of 57 various sized photographic prints of the Panama-Pacific
International Exposition in San Francisco, California, 1915.
William Hancock Wilke was born on June 1, 1880 to John Henry Wilke and Adeline Koerner Wilke in San Francisco, California.
Wilke grew up in the Mission District and attended the California School of Design. Wilke married Nettie Maida McConnell in
May 1903 in London, England and lived in Berkeley, California with their two daughters and one son. Wilke was a well-known
San Francisco etcher artist, jewelry designer, illustrator and bookplate designer. Wilke was the chief illustrator for the
fine printer John Henry Nash and jewelry designer for Shreve and Co. He produced hundreds of his own works of art. Among Wilke’s
many honors and exhibitions was a gold medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. He was a member of the California
Society for Etchers and Bohemian Club. Wilke died on June 18, 1958 in Palo Alto, California.
1 photograph album (57 photographic prints); album 29 cm x 21.5 cm, prints 21 cm x 11 cm
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