They Go Modern by “Russell E. Oakes, Builders Building Novelty Co. Chicago, 1936
Rusell Oakes (b 1891 d unk ) was know as Professor Ratzin de Garett inventor or the Wily Wizard of Waukesha. In 1940 he was living at 312 Frederick, Waukesha, Wisconsin.
According to one of my readers, “The Daily Telegram”, Eau Claire, WI, July 19, 1961 has an obit for Russell Oakes. Services were held in Waukesha, WI on Tuesday, July 18, 1961.
Humor aside, there is much to admire in the modernist design that Oakes presents. By laughing we are often able to capture the essence of our lives.