Countdown to Father's Day - I


Heavy Steel Bookends from McKeesport Foundry (LEO Design)

As we approach Father's Day, we'd like to share a few select items—perfect for that "Dad with Great Taste."  See them—and many other great gift options—in the on-line store at LEO Design.

This very heavy pair of cast steel bookends were probably created to be given away by the foundry's salesmen—left behind on the desks of the purchasing agents who patronized the company, or perhaps sent as a holiday gift.  Handsome, yes.  Useful, sure.  But also a constant reminder that McKeesport Steel Casting Company was at-the-ready—always prepared to write-up that next important order.  They were made in the 1920's or 1930's in McKeesport, one of the many steel towns of Greater Pittsburgh, "The Steel City."  Because these were made for "promotional use only" (and not part of a large production run, to be sold to the public), only a relatively small number of pairs were ever made, making them rather rare.  Because they are extra heavy, this pair of bookends would be very useful for anchoring a collection of tall, heavy art books.  And they would be the perfect gift for any father who works in a steel-related business or just loves good industrial design.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.

More Handsome Gifts for Father's Day tomorrow.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248