Hans Schwarz was an Austrian refugee married to Lena, a local girl.
Hans designed an attractive 8 page booklet which outlines the history of the Company from 1852-1952.
He also drew the illustrations shown on the right.
At that time he worked as a freelance commercial artist (as graphic designers were then called) mostly,
but not excusively, for Parkes Printers in Halesowen who printed the booklet.
In 1955 Parkes Printers, who also owned a newspaper and stationery shop adjacent to their printing works in Halesowen,
published "The Halesowen Story".
The text, written by Lena Schwarz, is mostly a history of the
working people. Hans drew the illustrations which show the town as it was in the
early 50s, before it was hit by 'improvements'. The book, which is an attractive and important period piece,
was reprinted just over a year ago, and it is available to purchase on Amazon.
Hans went on to be a successful painter, mostly of portraits and
landscapes. His paintings that ended up in public collections can be
seen on the BBC web site.
The information on this page was provided by and reproduced with the kind permission of
Stephen Schwarz, son of Lena and Hans Schwarz.