George Salter

George Salter (5 October 1897 – 31 October 1967), born Georg Salter, was an originally German, and from 1940 onwards US-American book cover designer. He revolutionized cover design for books.[1] He claimed worldwide fame for his design for Alfred Döblins Berlin Alexanderplatz.[2]


Georg Salter was born in Bremen, the child of a Hamburg musician. In the year of his birth, his parents converted from Judaism to Christian faith. With his parents and three siblings he moved to Berlin. After finishing school and serving in the military, he studied in the art craft school in Berlin. 1921, he began work as set designer. Starting in 1927, he started working as designer for the publisher Verlag Die Schmiede.

Salter taught at the Municipal Art School in Berlin in the early 1930s, where he taught designer Hans Barschel.[3] In November 1934 Salter emigrated to the US and started living in New York, where he immediately began to design book jackets for US publishers. He became an American citizen in 1940.[4] He created the covers for Carl Zuckmayers The Moons Ride Over (1937) and William Shirers Berlin Diary (1941), among others. In 1938, he started leading the design department of Mercury Publications, and in the decade that followed, designed 185 book covers and around 30 magazine covers.

Salter was married to Agnes O'Shea and had one daughter, Janet. He died in New York City on October 31, 1967.[4]


  • Thomas S. Hansen: Classic Book Jackets. The Design Legacy of George Salter. Princeton Architectural Press, New York: 2005


  1. ^ Badaracco, Claire Hoertz (Summer 2001). "George Salter's Book Jacket Designs, 1925-1940". Design Issues , Vol. 17, No. 3. MIT Press. pp. 40–48. JSTOR 1511800. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  2. ^ Meggs, Phillip B. (2016). Meggs’ History of Graphic Design (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Chapter 17, "The Modern Movement in America," pp. 372-373. ISBN 9781119136200.
  3. ^ "Oral history interview with Hans Barschel, 1994 Sept. 14". Oral History Interviews. Archives of American Art. 2011. Retrieved 29 Jun 2011.
  4. ^ a b George Salter 1897 - 1967: A Brief Biography, Author: Thomas S. Hansen, Dept. of German, Wellesley College (last modified October 28, 2004). Retrieved 2013-12-21.

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George Salter (cricketer)

George Frank Salter (18 April 1834 – 15 August 1911) was an English cricketer. Salter's batting and bowling styles are unknown. He was born at Brighton, Sussex.

Salter made a single first-class appearance for Sussex against Kent at Clifton Villa Estate, Margate in 1864. In this match, he opened the batting in Sussex's first-innings and scored 15 runs before he was run out. He ended Sussex's second-innings unbeaten on 4, with Sussex winning by 9 wickets. This was his only major appearance for Sussex.

He later stood as an umpire in a first-class match between Sussex and Cambridge University at the County Ground, Hove in 1889. He died at Chichester, Sussex on 15 August 1911.

George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy is a coeducational 11-16 secondary school with academy status situated in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. There are currently around 914 pupils on roll. Almost 50% of its pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds representing over 20 nationalities, mostly from within the Indian Sub-Continent and the Caribbean.

The school has academy status under the sponsorship of the Ormiston Academies Trust. Since this status was gained in September 2007 [1], GCSE exam results have improved substantially. In 2009, 39% of GCSE students gained five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, placing it as the third highest ranking secondary school in Sandwell.The school originally opened in 1932 as a secondary modern school for children aged 11 and upwards, replacing a 19th-century senior school in the Great Bridge district just over West Bromwich's border in Tipton.

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Mark Grundy

Sir Mark Grundy, KB, current Head Teacher of Shireland Language College, Sandwell, Warley, West Midlands, England, was knighted by the queen in 2006 for "his work at George Salter High School in West Bromwich, as well as his work in ICT".

Mercury Publications

Mercury Publications (a.k.a. Mercury Press) was a magazine publishing company, owned and operated by Lawrence E. Spivak, which mainly published genre fiction in digest-sized formats. The focus of Spivak's line was on detective and mystery stories and novels, but it also included magazines about humor, fantasy, and true crime. The offices were located at 570 Lexington Avenue in New York, N.Y.

Spivak entered publishing in 1933 as the business manager of The American Mercury, and two years later, he became the magazine's publisher, expanding his operations in the late 1930s with additional titles. His subsidiary companies included Mystery House and Fantasy House. Two Mercury series were Mercury Library and Mercury Books.

Other Mercury imprints and titles included:

Bestseller Mystery Books (a.k.a. Bestseller Library)

Bestsellers magazine (beginning 1945), subtitled "Authorized Book Condensations"

The Book of Wit & Humor, edited by Louis Untermeyer and Charles Angoff

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, edited by Frederic Dannay

Jonathan Press Mystery Books

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, initially edited by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas

Mercury Mystery (a.k.a. Mercury Mystery Book Magazine and Mercury Mystery Magazine), edited by Joseph W. Ferman

True Crime Detective, edited by Edward D. Radin, and then by Boucher and McComasSpivak launched his Bestseller Library series in 1938, with a new title each month. In 1940, he split the Bestseller Library into Mercury Mysteries and Bestseller Mysteries. Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine began in 1941, followed by the Jonathan Press Mysteries imprint in 1942. Mercury Mystery Book Magazine continued the long-run series of full-length and condensed mystery novels published in a digest-sized format, beginning with the title of Mercury Mystery in March 1940. Starting with #210, it ran for 23 issues before merging with Bestseller Mystery Magazine. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction began in 1949 under the title The Magazine of Fantasy. In the fall of 1950, Spivak sold The American Mercury to millionaire investment banker Clendenin J. Ryan, and his editor was William Bradford Huie.

Joseph W. Ferman was the business manager of Mercury Publications from 1940 to 1950. The Mercury art director from 1938 to 1958 was designer George Salter, who created about 750 covers for Mercury Publications during that time frame. After leaving the art director position, he continued to design covers for Mercury.

Munster (European Parliament constituency)

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It is a subsidiary of HoMedics, a US-based manufacturer of "personal wellness" products.

Shireland Collegiate Academy

Shireland Collegiate Academy is a secondary school in the English academy programme, located in Smethwick, West Midlands, England. The school was built during the early 20th century. Originally called Shireland High School, and then later Shireland Language College. The school became Shireland Collegiate Academy in 2007.

The Academy, and its predecessor schools has been run by Sir Mark Grundy since 1997 who was knighted for his services to education for his work within the school and its partner Academy. Shireland Collegiate Academy were in a partnership with George Salter until September 2011 when George Salter decided to join the Ormiston Academies Trust and Shireland became a stand-alone Academy. The Academy is fully sponsored by Microsoft. The Academy gained 'Teaching School' status in March 2013.The Academy was rated as Outstanding in 2011 and again following a no-notice inspection in 2013.

Verlag Die Schmiede

Verlag Die Schmiede was an avant-garde literature publishing house in the 1920s in Berlin. It published works by Franz Kafka, Alfred Döblin, Joseph Roth, Rudolf Leonhard, and many more. Most of its dust jackets have been designed by George Salter, the later US citizen.Leonhard was a lector and editor from 1919.

The publisher was the first to publish Kafka's story collection Ein Hungerkünstler in 1924 and his novel Der Process in 1925, after the author's death. Kafka had prepared the collection for print, his friend Max Brod the novel.

Roth's novels Hotel Savoy and Rebellion were first published in 1924.

Rudolf Schottlaender's first translation of the first part of A la recherche du temps perdu was published under the title of Der Weg zu Swann (The way to Swann).

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