Another one of the Christmas Card Artists I highlighted after Christmas was Samuel Loren Schmucker.
For almost 10 years Samuel created postcards for the John Winsch Company and the Detroit Publishing Company, two of the largest postcard Publishers in America. When the postcard craze slowed down he went on to paint designs for candy boxes and candy wrappers. He also did pen and ink sketches for the Philadelphia Daily Press fashion plates.
Samuel studied drawing and painting the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Howard Pyle Institute at Drexel where he met fellow classmate Maxfield Parrish.
His wife Katherine was the model for most of his postcard work.
But what is most amazing is that Samuel contracted Polio as a small child and it left his right arm and hand partially paralyzed. He learned to grip a brush and use his shoulder and back to move his hand around to paint and draw.
This week enjoy the art of Samuel Loren Schmucker.