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 Montgomery Earl Melbourne  (1893 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: California/Missouri      Known for: commercial art, illustration, advertising

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The following information was provided by the artist's grandson:

My grandfather was wholly responsible for some of the most famous advertising art icons of the 20th century.  Just to mention a few: Chilly Whilly for Kool cigarettes; The Morton Salt Ad, and tag line, " When it Rains it Pours"; give you car a kick in the gas, with Gulf No-Knocks; The Wrigley's Spearmint Boy.  He invented the first Pop-up advertisement in Jack and Jill Magazine and Uniroyal Tiger Paws Tire Ad.  He was also an accomplished anatomical artist, inventor, expatriate of Tenafly, New Jersey and Chicago, Illinois, where he owned and operated an art school.

He lived in a Kentucky Mansion, while working for Brown an Williamson, and moved to Ontario California in the early 60's, where he lived and worked until his death in 1970.  Back in the 30's, he, my grandmother and my mother lived in Buenos Aires Argentina, where he was the builder of the renovation to the Presidential Manson.

Creator of the NorthEast Airlines Yellow Bird, "The Only Way to Fly".  His father was a Sheriff in Dodge City who fought in the Confederate Army and was familiar with the likes of Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp. and Doc Holiday.

Montgomery worked for the war department in World War II.  More than 700 mourners attended my grandfather's funeral.

Ron Cerasuolo

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Born in Missouri on July 11, 1893, Melbourne was a resident of Ontario, California since the early 1960s.  Among others, he worked as an advertising artist for Brown & Williams Tobacco Company.  He died in San Bernardino, California on Sept. 11, 1970.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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