the opportunities of PM in 1936 and created the A-D
Gallery. This provided another opportunity for artists to be
seen by the inner circles of the advertising and printing world.
The name PM was sold in 1940 and the magazine
|Percy Seitlin and Dr. Leslie, 1942, co-editors
of PM and A-D Magazine. Photo appeared in the final issue of
A-D, April/May 1942.
photo: Alfred A. Cohn
continued under the name A-D magazine. In 1942
publication was stopped as the United States entered World War II.
During the course of its run, the magazine was to feature hundreds
of artists and helped to launch and expand the careers of many,
including several european emigres. During the war, Dr. Leslie was
with the Office of Information Service . In 1949 he travelled to
Israel for the first of many annual trips. Throughout the forties
and early fifties he was active in the business and as director
of The A-D Gallery. In 1958 the gallery was reactivated as Gallery
303 and in 1965 became host to the lecture series "Heritage
of the Graphic Arts." The gallery presented over 200 lectures
in that series and in 1972 several were collected into a volume
called Heritage of the Graphic Arts.
In 1965 Sol Cantor died, thus ending a 40 year
partnership. In 1969 Dr. Leslie retired as president of The Composing
Room and was awarded the AIGA medal. In 1971 he worked extensively
to help set up Uncle Bob's Paper Mill in Israel and in 1973 he received
the Goudy award from RIT.
with Dr. Leslie
Dr. Leslie describes the birth of PM magazine [8.9mb]
Dr. Leslie's office was the showcase of the nation [1.8mb]
Dr. Robert L. Leslie elaborates on the creation
of PM Magazine, in an interview with Professor Herbert Johnson of
Interview conducted at Rochester Institute of
Technology, Sept. 23, 1981
"Over the many years Robert Leslie has fully demonstrated
his unselfish devotion and enthusiasm in the encouragement
of good taste and craftsmanship in creative typography. Both
in The Composing Room, with his late associate, Sol Cantor,
and his Gallery 303, he has been an ardent mentor in graphic
- Richard Ellis