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 Frederick Little Packer  (1886 - 1956)

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: illustrator-editorial cartoon, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Marjorie Candiano, step daughter of the artist:

"Fred L. Packer was born in suburban Los Angeles, California, January 4, 1886. He was educated in the Los Angeles Public Schools, Los Angeles School of Art, and Chicago Art Institute. With the exception of twelve years in the commercial art field, he has devoted his career to newspaper work, starting with the "Los Angeles Examiner" and San Francisco "Call-Post".

As a protege of Arthur Brisbane, for whom he had worked on the "New York Journal" and "New York American", Packer came to the "New York Daily Mirror" in 1932 and has been associated with this newspaper ever since as the Editorial Cartoonist. He died December 8, 1956.

His cartoons and posters for the World War II defense effort earned him citations from the Treasury Deptatment and the War Production Board. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on May 5, l952 for his Truman Cartoon, "Your Editors ought to have more sense than to print what I say", which appeared in the "New York Mirror" of October 6, l951. In August 1953, he was invited by the Library of Congress to make a gift of his original drawings to its permanent collection.

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Born in Hollywood, CA on Jan. 4, 1886. Packer studied at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design and the AIC. He was associated with the art department of the Los Angeles Examiner in 1906 and the following year moved to San Francisco where he worked for the Call-Post for ten years. After settling in NYC in 1918, he continued newspaper work as a cartoonist for the American and Daily Mirror. During WWII his cartoons and posters (done for the defense effort) earned him citations from the Treasury Department, and he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1952 for his Truman cartoon. Packer died in Brightwaters, NY on Dec. 8, 1956. In: Library of Congress.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Ferdinand Perret Files; Southern California Artists (Nancy Moure); SF Examiner & NY Times, 12-9-1956 (obits).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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