1885 Born December 18, New York City

mother Polish, father Scottish

 
1899 Becomes printer - works for Max Lubrun a Russian intellectual and job printer

 
1900 Enrolls at City College of New York

Begins 4 year apprenticeship at De Vinne Press

 
1904 Elected Phi Beta Kappa

Receives BS from CCNY

Awarded Chemistry Prize Scholarship to Johns Hopkins University

Becomes school teacher

 
1905 Works as social worker

 
1906 Joins International Typographical Union

Accepts Johns Hopkins Scholarship

Works as proofreader at Baltimore Sun to meet expenses

 
1912 Receives MD from Johns Hopkins

Joins United States Public Health Service

 
1918 Travels extensively for US Public Health Service

Marries Dr. Sarah K. Greenberg - obstetrician and gynecologist

 
1920 Leaves Public Health Service

Becomes 1st Industrial doctor in NYC - works for McGraw Hill publishing Co.

Meets Sol Cantor

 
1921 Becomes partner with Sol Cantor in Enmore Linotype Co. - a trade typesetter

 
1926 Cantor and Leslie sell Enmore Linotype Co. to Louis Statenstein of American Book-Stratford Press

Spends next year as salesman for Statenstein

 
1927 Leslie and Cantor establish The Composing Room, Inc.

 
1934 Begins publishing PM magazine created on death of Gebrauchsgraphik the German Graphic Arts magazine

 
1935 Features George Salter in September issue of PM

 
1936 Thomas Benrimo featured in January 1936 issue of PM

Lucien Bernhard featured in March 1936 issue of PM - first recognized feature by an emigré designer.

May 1936 PM cover designed by George Salter

Gustav Jensen featured in September 1936 issue of PM

PM Gallery Exhibits work of Herbert Matter

Photographer Samuel Bernard Schaeffer featured in October 1936 issue of PM

 
1937 A.M Cassandre featured in January 1937 issue of PM

E. McKnight Kauffer featured in March 1937 issue of PM

Illustrator Laszlo Matulay featured in September 1937 issue of PM

Photographer Samuel Bernard Schaeffer featured in October 1937 issue of PM

Lester Beall featured in November 1937 issue of PM

 

1938 Walter Gropius authors two articles on the Bauhaus and Architectural education in February/March issue of PM

Hans Barschel featured in April/May issue of PM

The Bauhaus featured in June/July 1938 issue of PM - cover designed by M. Peter Piening - Design of Bauhaus pages by Lester Beall

Paul Rand featured in October/ November 1938 issue of PM

 
1939 Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha featured in August / September 1939 issue of PM

Herbert Bayer authors three articles on design in December 1939 issue of PM

PM Gallery Exhibits work of Hans Alexander Mueller - April

 
1940 PM magazine’s name sold to Ralph Ingersoll

György Kepes featured in February / March issue of PM - announces change of name

April/May 1939 issue becomes A-D Magazine - features Joseph Binder

Jean Carlu featured in August / September 1941 issue of A-D

Ballet of the ABC's insert designed by Herbert Matter and illustrated by Gondor in October/November 1940 issue of A-D

PM / A-D Gallery Exhibits work of Susanne Suba

 
1941 Paul Rand featured in February/March 1941 issue of A-D

George Giusti featured in April/May 1941 issue of A-D

Alex Steinweiss featured in June/July 1941 issue of A-D

Summer Exhibit through September 2
Printing and Advertising Arts 1840 - 1890
Studies in Advanced Design
Students of Herbert Bayers American Advertising Guild Class
Growing Art
Childrens Art Work (mentioned in October / November issue of A-D)

 
1942 E. McKnight Kauffer featured in December 41/January 1942 issue of A-D

Will Burtin designs issue of A-D magazine with insert of 10 years of his work

A-D Gallery Exhibits
Advance Guard of Advertising Artists
through March
Frank Barr, Herbert Bayer, Lester Beall, Jean Carlu, E. McKnight Kauffer,
Herbert Matter, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Paul Rand, Ladislav Sutnar

Stops the printing of A-D magazine during WWII

Joins Office of Information Service

 
1945 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Lettering & Calligraphy in Current Advertising and Publishing
May 11 - June 29
Arnold Bank, Frank Bartuska, Toni Bonagura, William Brooke, J. Albert Cavanagh, Warren Chappell, Edgard Cirlin, T. M. Clelan, W. A. Dwiggins, Philip Grushkin, Robert Haas, J. J. Herman, Rand Holub, Gustav Jensen, M. R. Kaufman, Riki Levinson, Sam H. Marsh, William Metzig, Oscar Ogg, George Salter, David Soshenski, Andrew Szoeke, Tommy Thompson, Jeanyee wong, Miriam Woods

A Guide to Lester Beall
November 19 - December 31

 
1946 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Four Veterans
Herbert Bender, Charles Egri, Gene Federico, Seymour Robins

Gergely / Barschel
Tibor Gergely, Hans J. Barschel
March 26 - April 26
 
1947 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Ladislav Sutnar
January 10 - February 28 1947
Covers his work from 1929-1946

Paul Rand
March 31 - May 29

Visual Communications Techniques
October 4 - November 28
Alex Steinweiss

 
1948 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Will Burtin
November 9, 1948 - January 14, 1949

Ben Rose shows his photographs at A-D Gallery in New York

 
1949 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Hal Zamboni
March 7 - April 29

Alvin Lustig
October 11 - December 2

Begins annual trips to Israel - continues throughout life

 
1950 A-D Gallery Exhibits
Morton Goldsholl
February 7 - March 31

 
1960 Monophoto Filmsetters join The Composing Room

Eleven leading designers from Paris exhibit at Gallery 303 in New York

Editorial art from McCall’s magazine shown at The Composing Room

 
1961 Creates Gallery 303 to display typographic arts

Gallery 303 Exhibits
George Salter
A Third of A Century of Graphic Work -December 1961

 
1963 Gallery 303 Exhibits
55 Years of Lucian Bernhard

Ernst Reichl - Book Titles & Book Design

 

Professor Georg Trump
exhibition of work at Gallery 303


 
1965 Begins “Heritage of the Graphic Arts” lecture series at Gallery 303

Named Man of the Year by the Printing Teachers Guild of New York

 

1967 Receives “Service Industry Award” from the Navigators

 
1968 Hosts Dr. Giovanni Mardersteig for a special Gallery 303 lecture held at The Pierpont Morgan Library

 
1969 Retires as president of The Composing Room

Receives AIGA medal

 
1971 Sets up Uncle Bob's Paper Mill in Israel

 
1972 William H. and Harry J. Friedman Memorial Award

NCCJ Brotherhood Award

 
1973 Receives Frederic W. Goudy award from Rochester Institute of Technology

 
1976 Receives 1st Annual American Printing History Association Award

New York Printers Wall of Fame and Type Directors Club Medal

Travels to Europe with The Typophiles

 
1981 Records 4 hour interview with Professor Herbert Johnson at RIT

 
1987 Dies April 1 - New York City