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 Stockton (Mitchell Stockton) Mulford  (1886 - 1960)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut      Known for: illustrator-western pulp and magazine

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Born in the Main Line section of Philadelphia to the Van Almach and Mulford
families, Stockton (as he was called) was taken to Portland, Oregon at the age of 4, where he lived until he was 20. At 7, while attending a private school, he was pushed into a window hinge and blinded in his right eye. Because of his accident, both Stockton and his sister Alice were given scholarships to attend the school until they graduated. The same year he was blinded, his father died of an abdominal aneurism - a hereditary ailment that eventually took Stockton's life at the age of 75.

He moved to New York around 1908 and attended the Art Students' League Night School. There he studied with Georgia O'Keeffe and other notable artists of the time; he met Mina Ivanek, a superb painter in her own right. A few years, later Stockton and Mina married and settled into a Bronx apartment.

Despite his disability, Stockton became a sought-after illustrator for such
publications as the New York Herald Tribune, Hearst, Everybody's Magazine,
People's Home Journal, Argosy and McCall's. Most notably, Stockton illustrated First Edition Zane Grey novels, Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Efficiency Expert", Eleanor Porter's "Pollyanna" and many other novels of the time

When the Depression came, many publishing houses closed, and assignments
were scarce. In order to feed his three children, he began working for pulp magazines, such as "Fantastic Adventure." Because of the stigma attached to some of this work, Stockton often used a pseudonym.

In 1940, with his children grown, he and Mina moved to their summer home in
Connecticut, a 200-year old farmhouse, to get away from the big city. There Stockton did few illustrations or paintings, concentrating instead on renovating the house of a local community leader.

As well as an accomplished painter, Stockton was a skilled cabinet maker. He reveled in creating replicas of furniture he saw in museums, and built intricate cabinets that often included hidden compartments and doors.

Stockton died in his sleep of an aortic aneurism in 1960.


Submitted December 2004 by Brad M. Bucklin, who wrote: "You can use this version of the bio. It has been okayed by all surviving relatives.




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