Isaac's father, Daniel Palm, was the village blacksmith of Bowmansville. Isaac was not able to follow in his father's blacksmithing footsteps, but he was able to print fraktur house blessings for his friends and neighbors.
Isaac was only 17 years old when he printed this house blessing (haus segen) in 1860. I assume he decorated his printing himself, with those hand-painted deer and birds.
Isaac's young age raises the question whether he was working with the nearby fraktur artist David Bixler of Fivepointville, whose family also did letterpress printing. Isaac's fraktur share some similar characteristics with Bixler's. Isaac's design for his house blessings was also much influenced by the printed fraktur of Samuel Bauman.
The back of this framed fraktur is inscribed by Elizabeth Burkhart: "This Blessing for the House was the only ornamental piece in Grandpa and Grandma Daniel and Mary Burkhart's living room on the farm near Bowmansville."
P.S. Until now, the exact identity of this Isaac Palm had always been somewhat elusive. This website is the first time this printer / fraktur artist has been identified in print as the young Mennonite "invalid" from Bowmansville, who finally receives the credit he deserves.