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Frances Tipton (Parker) Hunter

 (1896 - 1957)
Frances Tipton (Parker) Hunter was active/lived in Pennsylvania.  Frances Hunter is known for magazine illustration-child figure and genre.

Frances Tipton (Parker) Hunter

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Frances Tipton Hunter (1896-1957) was an important American illustrator whose career spanned the years from the early 1920s to the late 1950s.  Born in Howard, PA, Hunter had a childhood marked by the death of her mother when Frances was only six years old.  Thereafter, the future illustrator was raised by her aunt and uncle.

Hunter's artist talent was recognized early in high school, and she studied and graduated with honors from the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts, and then continued her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Fleisher Art Memorial.  Like many women illustrators of her time, Hunter made children her specialty, and was particularly noted for her charming portrayals of children and their pets.

Her early professional work appeared in the Woman's Home Companion, with subsequent illustrations appearing in Collier's, Liberty, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal.

She was also well known for her advertising, puzzle, and calendar art.  In the early 1920s, Hunter created a delightful paper doll series featuring six beguiling youngsters, which appeared for the first time in the popular magazine Woman's Home Companion.  In 1935, just prior to her first cover work for The Saturday Evening Post, the Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin published The Frances Tipton Hunter Picture Book, which featured 20 color and 12 black and white illustrations of children and their pets, accompanied by verses and stories by Marjorie Barrows.

In 1943, this same company published a compendium of her paper doll artwork, titled Frances Tipton Hunter's Paper Dolls.  While her work in these books, magazines, and advertisements attest to her talent during a time when women's abilities were rarely recognized, it was her cover work for The Saturday Evening Post that earned her a place among the top illustrators of the twentieth century.  From 1936 to 1941, Tipton contributed 15 covers to The Saturday Evening Post, which was recognized as the premier outlet for American illustrators.

Submitted by Stephen Franzoi, a private collector.  His source is Walter Reed, The Illustrator in America.

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Note from Beverly Bellamy, October 2003:

My mother and uncle were two of her many models for her pictures. The pictures I know for sure that she used them in were the Hershey's chocolate ad on the cookbook and tins with the children eating the chocolate cake.

My uncle was the little boy in the Time to Retire Ad. (I am speaking of the one with the little boy, in a night shirt,sitting or walking through the tire with a candle.  I believe this was the Fisk Time to Retire Ad and have been told it still exists in the company who bought Fisk Tires).

My uncle is also in the choir boy Christmas cover for the Saturday Evening Post.

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About  Frances Tipton (Parker) Hunter

Born:  1896 - Howard, Pennsylvania
Died:   1957
Known for:  magazine illustration-child figure and genre