Images from the 1945 Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office
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Scotty Moore: Was your wife involved in the business at this point?L.B. Cole: At this point, just towards the middle of the time we were with Continental she became involved. We were hard pressed to get letterers, particularly, and editors because we were doing a book every calendar day. Basically, we were turning out 365 books a year.She was and is a very brilliant lady, at that time she edited every piece of copy that came out of the company. Well, she started to practice what was called thick and thin lettering. It was not but about a month that she became so adept at it that she was producing about 20–30 pages a day, maybe more. Literally the best lettering that I have seen, but of course I am a bit prejudiced. However everybody said that her lettering was about as good as it ever gets. She oversaw the lettering that we had to buy from other outside help.
Ellen Cole also contributed to her husband’s endeavors. At his urging, she learned the craft of lettering for comic books and became one of the finest letterers in the business. She worked for Continental and, from time to time, for other companies. Ellen was also an excellent proofreader and probably fulfilled other editorial functions in the office on West 42nd Street. She played an important role in Leonard’s career for the rest of their lives.
In 1964, Leonard and Ellen Cole established an audio-visual business and began a long-running working relationship with University Films. Over the next 15 years, Cole made his living creating instructional films: safety films, films on health issues such as alcoholism and pre- and postnatal care, and training films for major airlines.
Frank Kovach, October 10, 2000Frank Kovach, Olyphant RD 1, died Tuesday morning at Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife, the former Gloria Keiper, died in 1975. Born in Nemacolin, Greene County, son of the late John and Anna Zajac Kovach, he was formerly employed by the former Hoffman Ammunition Plant, Scranton. Prior to that, he had worked for the British Oldsmobile Pontiac assembly plant in New Jersey and as a coal miner. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in northern France and Rhineland. He earned a combat infantryman badge and was a Purple Heart recipient. Surviving are six sons, Frank Jr., Gilmore, Texas; Gary, Fort Knox, Ky.; Charles, Kenneth and Stephen, all of Scranton; and David, Olyphant RD; two daughters, Ann Marie Baker, Greenwood, Ind.; and Gloria Kovach Martinelli, Peckville; a sister, Ellen Cole, Queens, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Boscuvich [sic], Ann Kovach and Mary; and a brother, Paul. The funeral will be Friday with services at 10 a.m. from the Davies and Jones Funeral Chapel Inc., 135 S. Main Ave. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.