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 Albert Turner Reid  (1873 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: New York/Kansas      Known for: illustration, western scene painting, murals

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Driving the Mail Wagon, Oklahoma
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born Concordia, Aug. 12, 1873 and died New York, NY, Nov. 26, 1955, Albert Reid was a painter, teacher, cartoonist and illustrator.

He studied at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and in New York City at the Art Students League and the New York School of Art.  His teachers included  L. Carrol Beckwith and Walter Appleton Clark.

He worked as a newspaper artist on the Kansas City Star from 1897-99, the Chicago Record in 1899, and the New York Herald from 1899-1900.  For magazines he was an illustrator of Judge in 1900; McClure’s, Saturday Evening Post and other magazines from 1901-02.  He was also an illustrator of numerous books.

Reid was founder and publisher of the Leavenworth Post from 1905-23 and publisher for the Kansas Farmer from 1908-16. With George Melville Stone, he directed the Reid-Stone Art School in Topeka. He also owned the Albert T. Reid cartoon syndicate.

He was living in Topeka in 1909 as president of The Reid Co., artists and decorators located at 38 Crawford Building, and he lived at 501 Jackson, Topeka in 1912 and 1302 Fillmore Street, Topeka in 1915.  He designed and directed the Kansas Semi-centennial, which was held in Topeka in 1911.

He served as President of the Kansas commissions to the Panama-Pacific and San Diego Expositions.

For the WPA, he painted murals including The Mail Must Go Through for the Olathe Post Office in 1940, The Hare and the Tortoise for the Sabetha Post Office in 1937, and The Romance of the Mail for the Sulphur, OK Post Office in 1939.
1st prize for mural art, Panama Pacific Exposition, 1915.

Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery; Murals in the Kansas State Capitol & the Kansas House of Representatives; Spencer Research Library; Topeka Public Library

Guild 178 of Free Lance Artists; Society of Illustrators; Artists Guild of Authors League of America; Cartoonist Club; Authors’, Artists’ & Dramatists League; and served as vice president of the American Artists Professional League.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948.
Typed Manuscript, 1948.
Newlin, Gertrude Dix (Development of Art in Kansas. Typed Manuscript, 1951);
American Art Annual. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1898-1947 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27;
Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936- v.1=1936-37 v.3= 1941-42 v.2=1938-39 v.4=1940-47. 1, 2, 3, 4;
Reinbach, Edna, comp. “Kansas Art and Artists”, in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society. v. 17, 1928. p. 571-585.;
Fielding, Mantle. Mantle Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers, with an Addendum containing Corrections and Additional Material on the Original Entries. Compiled by James F. Carr. New York: James F. Carr Publ., 1965.;
Dunbier, Roger. The Dunbier Value Guide; Over 1200 Painters in the Western U.S. Before 1920. Scottsdale: Altamira Press, 1981.;
Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948;
Dawdy, Doris Ostrander. Artists of the American West: A Biographical Dictionary. Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974.
Wiebe, Joanna K. “Kansans Cared About their New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 21, 1972. p.1E & 7E-----. “Local Legends Live in Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 22, 1972. p.1A & 3A-----. “Age Enhances Fort Scott Mural”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 23, 1972. p.1A & 8A-----. “Halstead Legend Perpetuated”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 24, 1972. p.1A & 16A -----. “Scenics, Murals and Lithographs Included in Kansas New Deal Art”, in Wichita Eagle Beacon, May 25, 1972. p.15A.; Topeka City Directory (1868-69; 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1874; 1875; 1876-77; 1878-79; 1880-81; 1882; 1883-84; 1885-1886; 1887-1888; 1888-89; 1890-1891; 1893-94; 1896-97; 1899-1900; 1900-01; 1902; 1905; 1907; 1909; 1910; 1912; 1916; 1921; 1924; 1926; 1927-28; 1929-30; 1931; 1933; 1935; 1937; 1938; 1940; 1942). 1909; Kansas State Gazetteer and Business Directory. Detroit: R.L. Polk & Co. (v.1= 1878-9 v.5= 1886 v.9= 1900) (v.2= 1880 v.6= 1888-89 v.10= 1904) (v.3= 1882-83 v.7= 1891 v.11= 1908) (v.4= 1884-85 v.8= 1894 v.12= 1912) 1912; Kansas Magazine (August 1911); Selection of the Cartoons Drawn by Albert T. Reid upon the Issues of the Day (New York: W.A. Grant, 1919); Bruner, Ronald Irwin. New Deal Art Workers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. Thesis. University of Denver, 1979.; AskArt,, accessed Dec. 23, 2005; NY Times (Nov. 28, 1955); "" Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. Accessed July 17, 2006; Illustriana Kansas (Hebron, NB, 1933); TPL.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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