I love it when an article of mine sparks further research! Fellow logo designer Alex Jay has turned up some wonderful information about Ira Schnapp and reported it on HIS BLOG.
While there are some new facts unearthed from census records, the best discovery is a series of 24 newspaper articles Schnapp produced describing and showing famous works of art. One example is above, all are in Alex’s blog post. I haven’t had time to read more than a few snippets yet, but they appear to be well written, and the illustrations, adapting the art for newspaper reproduction, are also by Schnapp, some signed like the one above. The artwork titles are each hand-lettered in a style that certainly fits in with the known work of Ira, too.
Great work, Alex!