the early 20th century there were literally hundreds of artists
and illustrators competing for a share of the Art Print, Book,
Calendar, Magazine, and Advertising Illustration markets.
While some artists were very successful and became quite famous
professionally, most failed to catch the attention of America's
rapidly growing population and remained in obscurity.
Popular Early 20th c. Prints were never intended as fine
art or for longevity. Rather, they were simply used to sell calendars
or sell magazines for the advertisers and publishers who commissioned
the original artwork. The Calendar Art Print...which was
used to highlight one month on an advertising calendar...was intended
to be replaced by another print...usually by another artist...the
following month. Magazine Cover Illustrations were only intended
to last for one month before being replaced by another print...usually
by another artist...on the next month's issue. The most popular
prints often went on the become published as framed Art Prints,
or were further used to sell or advertise other products in other
markets or media.
in reality, the vast majority of Popular Early 20th c. Prints
simply faded from memory and were rarely seen again. This rapidly
evolving collectible field of Popular Early 20th c. Prints focuses
primarily upon those prints that were the most popular with people
during the 1900-1940 period...and that are still the most popular
with collectors today.
The primary difference between Popular Early 20th c Prints...from
the Original Pastels...from Hand- Colored Photography...
rests primarily in how they were produced.
* Early 20th c Pastels...were individually produced...on
a blank piece of specially prepared paper...by an individual artists
using chalk pastels...and no two pastels are ever exactly alike
because each is totally unique
* Early 20th c Hand-Colored Photographs...were manually
produced in a studio darkroom, generally in relatively small quantities,
and then individually hand-colored, each looking somewhat similar,
but each having a certain individuality from having been physically
colored by a different colorist...on different days...and usually
over a period of many years.
* Popular Early 20th c Prints...were mass machine
produced...on a commercial printing press... often in quantities
of tens-of-thousands...with each print looking exactly like all
the others in the press run. Mass-produced. And exactly alike.
Based upon originality and rarity, logic suggests that Early
20th c. Pastels should be worth more than Early 20th c. Hand-Colored
Photography...which should both be worth more than Popular
Early 20th c. Prints. Yet this is generally not the case. Collectors
typically collect "the name" and certain names...such
as Maxfield Parrish...often command a higher price than many
hand-colored photographs or pastels.
Parrish, Bessie Pease Gutmann, R. Atkinson Fox, and Harrison
Fisher are probably the most recognizable names within the area
of Popular Early 20th c. Prints today. Each developed their
own individual style, and each was successful enough to sell such
a large volume of their work between 1900-1940 that a relatively
large quantity of their prints remain in circulation today.
these four major names there literally hundreds of other Popular
Early 20th c. Prints that are quite collectible today, including
Philip Boileau, Eda Doench, GB Fox, Phillip Goodwin, Meta Grimball,
Hy Hintermeister, Boris O'Klein, Frank Stick, and William
M. Thompson, just to name a few.
Although Popular Early 20th c. Prints were cheap, mass-produced,
and not necessarily meant to last until the 21st c, many have indeed
survived and they are still popular with collectors today. We believe
that certain segments of this market will continue to thrive and
we will be adding many additional segments to this gallery in the