The following biography is from Edward and Deborah Pollack, who are the administrators of the estate of the artist and who are writing the catologue raisonné of the artist's work.
Orville Bulman, a self-taught artist, was born in 1904
in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A year later his father, Elvah O.
Bulman, invented what was to become a long line of ingenious products,
a twine holder and dispenser. Subsequently, Elvah (or E. O. as he
was called) continued to create dispensers and cutters for virtually
all goods that could be rolled up. Before long, the Bulman Paper
Cutter became de rigueur for any self-respecting grocery or dry
goods establishment in the early 1900s, and Bulm
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