Friday, November 23, 2007

Harrison Cady

Walter Harrison Cady
American cartoonist and illustrator

Most closely associated with the books of Thornton W. Burgess, Cady was very prolific in other areas as well. He did newspaper comic strips and editorial cartoons, comic books and other children's books. These illustrations are from Raggedy Animals by Sherman Ripley, 1935 edition of a 1928 book, and Ant Ventures by Blanche Elizabeth Wade, published in 1924.

Thanks to David Miller, who provided these scans from his personal collection.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Gordon Laite

Gordon Laite
American Illustrator
b. 1925
pictures from The Blue Book of Fairy Tales
© 1959 Western Publishing Company.

Despite my scans of a book that wasn't printed well--it has some color registration problems--the artwork of Gordon Laite shows through. He was a designer and illustrator of great skill. His girls are beautiful, his monsters grotesque. Many people who remember this 1959 Little Golden Book were impressed by the pipe-smoking hag in Rapunzel.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

George Carlson

George Carlson
American Illustrator and Cartoonist

In 1939 George Carlson took over illustrating the famous Uncle Wiggily books, written by Howard R. Garis. These illustrations are from Uncle Wiggily and His Friends, ©1939, 1955 Platt and Munk.

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This is dedicated to my friend, Clay Geerdes (1934-1997).