Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany, and immigrated with his family to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 8. Showing an early interest in painting, he got his first job at the age of 16 in a Chicago engraving house on the strength of some large pictures he had painted on kitchen oilcloth. In the evenings after work, he studied drawing and anatomy under John H. Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute. Years later, he and his brother Frank Xavier enrolled in the Academie Julian in Paris.

Upon their return, the brothers moved to New York, then the center of American commercial art, advertising, and publishing. As a thoroughly trained artist with immense technical facility, Leyendecker had no difficulty in obtaining top commissions for advertising illustrations and cover designs for leading publications.

He found a niche in fashion and merchandise advertising in the 1920s, producing commissioned pieces for companies Interwoven Socks, Kellogg, Hartmarx, B. Kuppenheimer & Co., and Cluett Peabody & Company, who famously hired him to develop a series of images of the Arrow brand of shirt collars. Leyendecker’s images came to define the fashionable American man of the early 20th century.

At the apex of his career, Leyendecker was considered one of the pre-eminent commercial American artists. It is said that his technical skill was beyond reproach, he worked amazingly fast, and that his draftsmanship was perfect. Norman Rockwell at one time considered Leyendecker his primary mentor, as he heavily influenced Rockwell’s early style and was a true master illustrator of the 20th century.

By the end of his career, Leyendecker was a noted American illustrator and graphic designer who, between 1896 and 1950, had painted more than 400 magazine covers, most of them of an idealized America. He painted his first Post cover in 1899 and executed 321 more during the next 40 years. Among the most famous of these was his annual New Year Baby series, the last of which was painted in January 1943. It was also his last cover for The Saturday Evening Post.

Source: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com.

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Today is National Jewel Day

Today is #NationalJewelDay

National Jewel Day is observed annually on March 13, celebrating brilliant gems of all shapes, sizes, cuts and colors. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we can take a wild guess that a jeweler or gal came up with the idea. J

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Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell born in 1847

170 years ago today, the American scientist, inventor and engineer was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bell studied at the University of Edinburgh. In 1871, he went to Boston to become a teacher for the deaf. Bell’s mother and wife were both deaf, which had a major influence on his work. From 1873 to 1877, he worked as a professor of speech physiology. His research on hearing and speech led him to experiment with hearing devices which culminated in the development of the telephone in 1876. His invention attracted a great deal of attention at the 1776 Philadelphia International Exhibition, but over the years, Bell was not much involved in the further development of the phone. It is said that that Bell refused to have a telephone in his study, feeling it was an intrusion on his work as a scientist. Bell died in 1822 at the age of 75.

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Winter Sale 2017 Today

Auction Today.

Today is the day! Don’t miss our 2017 winter poster sale. Part of the offering is this fabulous 1950s Air France poster promoting travel to South America. Reserve: $100 ! Auction starts at 10 am.  http://www.invaluable.com/catalog/6TNKLC4W8P

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Today is International Polar Bear Day

Today is International #PolarBear Day

Recognized since 2011, Polar Bear Day is meant to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide, largely believed to be a result of global warming and the loss of their natural habitat. As cuddly as they look as newborns, polar bears can grow to be 9 feet tall and weigh up to 1400 pounds.

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Today in History: Polaroid introduces the instant camera in 1947

60 years ago today, Polaroid founder Edwin Land first demonstrated the instant camera at a meeting of the Optical Society of America in New York City.The American scientist got his idea while vacationing in Mexico in 1944 when he introduced his daughter Jennifer to the basic principles of photography. Inspired by his daughter’s question why the images taken with the camera could not be seen immediately, Land spent his remaining vacation working on a preliminary design and concept for an instant camera. Although dismissed by most of his peers as a gimmick, the first Polaroid camera hit the market only one year later in  November of 1948. By 1956, Polaroid had sold one million instant cameras. Today, that number has grown to over 165 million.

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Today in History: North German Lloyd founded in 1857

160 years ago today, the German shipping company Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) (North German Lloyd) was founded by Henrich Meier and Eduard Crüsemann in Bremen. NDL became one of the most important German shipping companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The passenger shipping line served North- and South America, East Asia and Autralia. In 1970, NDL merged with Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) to form Hapag-Lloyd AG.

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