Errol W. Goff was a designer in Massachusetts. Little is known about him. He designed one pictorial map, of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, for Houghton Mifflin in 1934, and received a patent on a design for an ornamental clock in 1930, which he assigned to Warren Telechron Company of Maine. At the time the patent was recorded, he was living in Everett, Massachusetts. A genealogical web site states that he was born in 1903 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and died in 1974 in Hancock, New Hampshire.
Houghton Mifflin, now known as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a venerable Boston publishing firm founded in the 19th century. In 1880, it merged with Ticknor and Fields and became known as Houghton, Mifflin and Company. By the end of the 1880s it established an educational department, which became a major part of the business. By 1921, it was the fourth-largest educational publisher in the United States. The firm published several pictorial maps by various designers between 1926 and 1934, including Cape Ann; Concord, Massachusetts; Philadelphia; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; as well as a world map designed by Ernest Dudley Chase in 1931.
Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified with only minor remaining toning and wear; also professionally backed on Japanese tissue to flatten original folds and to restore few minor openings at the folds and their intersections and short marginal tears, and to fill in small chip confined to lower blank margin.
“Errol W. Goff.” Ancestry.com. 2009. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/a/r/Michael-T-Carroll/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-1260.html (22 January 2015).
“E.W. Goff. Clock or the Like.” U.S. Patent Office. 4 November 1930. Online at: http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/USD82424.pdf (22 January 2015).
“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.” Wikipedia. 18 November 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_Mifflin_Harcourt (22 January 2015).