Citation
Noel Wisdom Collection

Material Information

Title:
Noel Wisdom Collection
Creator:
Wisdom, Noel
Language:
English
Physical Description:
0.83 : (2 boxes) ;

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Letters ( lcsh )
Photographs ( lcsh )
Portraits ( lcsh )
Silhouettes ( lcsh )
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives ( lcsh )
Artists ( lcsh )

Notes

Scope and Content:
This collection consists of artwork, correspondence, photographs, postcards, diaries, and manuscripts.
Preferred Citation:
Noel Wisdom Collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Acquisition:
Noel Wisdom
Biographical:
Cuthbert Noel Wisdom, born in Chicago in 1897 to parents who had recently moved from England, found himself back in England at the age of two after the death of his father, a schoolteacher who had moved to Chicago and opened a private school on the Chicago's south side. His mother, a nurse, returned with baby Noel to England, where the two stayed with relatives until Noel was old enough to go to boarding school. Wisdom dropped out of school at age 14 and began working, first in a draper's shop, then soon he was making signs and show cards, all a pre-cursor to his film career--he "set up titles on a black velvet board, hand-tinted movie film, carried tripods for cameramen, was an extra. I'd have been a cameraman if the war hadn't come along." In 1915 Wisdom was accepted for service and found himself in the British trenches. Most of what he did in the trenches consisited of sketching profiles of his platoon. One member of his platoon commented to Wisdom that he would always be able to earn a living as long as he was sketching. When the war ended, Wisdom found a job in London creating ad layouts for trade magazines; in his spare time he was sketching. In 1924, when the British Empire Exhibition landed in London, Wisdom saw a display of silhouettes (and an exhibit from Australia) and knew his life had changed forever. He borrowed a pair of his mother's surgical scissors and, from black paper, carved a few profiles. Within six weeks, Noel Wisdom had landed on the shores of Australia. He worked in Melbourne for a year, cutting silhouettes at night while working in a studio during the day. At the end of the year, he returned to England to marry an amusement park cashier he had known; however, the two realized that they had changed their minds and Wisdom set off once again. He spent much of the next nine years braving sea voyages, where he would snip silhouettes of passengers and crew between his journeys to islands such as Tahiti and Pitcairn Island. He wound up in the United States during the Depression, finding work difficult to come by; as a result, he freelanced in amusement parks on the west coast. Another return trip to Austrailia only proved to last three years, and Wisdom decided to return to the States once again. Upon his return in 1937 Wisdom found work at a department store in Ithaca, New York where he trimmed windows and made signs. He eventually made his way around the United States, travelling to such cities as Miami Beach, Chicago, and St. Louis, snipping silhouettes everywhere he landed. During World War II he snipped hundreds of servicemen for free. Wisdom "retired" to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1962, preferring warmer climes to those of New York and Chicago. About this time he penned his still unpublished [i]Around The World On Scissors[/i], a retrospective of his life as a soldier and silhouette artist. In his retirement he enjoyed his hobbies, among them continuing to cut silhouettes, and corresponding with old friends; additionally, he was a member of the Canadian Legion Post 114 in St. Petersburg. Cuthbert Noel Wisdom passed away in St. Petersburg in December of 1983.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at [url=http://www.copyright.gov/][u]http://www.copyright.gov/[/u][/url] for more information.
Resource Identifier:
N11 ( USFLDC CID )
u29.387-n11-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

USFLDC Membership

Aggregations:
USF Tampa Library Special Collections Finding Aids

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Mixed Material

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Guide to the Noel Wisdom Collection
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abstract 520$a Abstract This collection contains original silhouette and sketch works of art by Wisdom, works published in newspapers, and the rough draft and final copy of his unpublished manuscript, emph render italic Around The World On Scissors. It also contains several volumes of Wisdom's diaries and handwritten observations of his life, as well as photographs of Wisdom.
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altrender Biographical Information 545$a Biographical Information:
Cuthbert Noel Wisdom, born in Chicago in 1897 to parents who had recently moved from England, found himself back in England at the age of two after the death of his father, a schoolteacher who had moved to Chicago and opened a private school on the Chicago's south side. His mother, a nurse, returned with baby Noel to England, where the two stayed with relatives until Noel was old enough to go to boarding school.
Wisdom dropped out of school at age 14 and began working, first in a draper's shop, then soon he was making signs and show cards, all a pre-cursor to his film career--he "set up titles on a black velvet board, hand-tinted movie film, carried tripods for cameramen, was an extra. I'd have been a cameraman if the war hadn't come along."
In 1915 Wisdom was accepted for service and found himself in the British trenches. Most of what he did in the trenches consisited of sketching profiles of his platoon. One member of his platoon commented to Wisdom that he would always be able to earn a living as long as he was sketching.
When the war ended, Wisdom found a job in London creating ad layouts for trade magazines; in his spare time he was sketching. In 1924, when the British Empire Exhibition landed in London, Wisdom saw a display of silhouettes (and an exhibit from Australia) and knew his life had changed forever. He borrowed a pair of his mother's surgical scissors and, from black paper, carved a few profiles. Within six weeks, Noel Wisdom had landed on the shores of Australia.
He worked in Melbourne for a year, cutting silhouettes at night while working in a studio during the day. At the end of the year, he returned to England to marry an amusement park cashier he had known; however, the two realized that they had changed their minds and Wisdom set off once again. He spent much of the next nine years braving sea voyages, where he would snip silhouettes of passengers and crew between his journeys to islands such as Tahiti and Pitcairn Island. He wound up in the United States during the Depression, finding work difficult to come by; as a result, he freelanced in amusement parks on the west coast. Another return trip to Austrailia only proved to last three years, and Wisdom decided to return to the States once again.
Upon his return in 1937 Wisdom found work at a department store in Ithaca, New York where he trimmed windows and made signs. He eventually made his way around the United States, travelling to such cities as Miami Beach, Chicago, and St. Louis, snipping silhouettes everywhere he landed. During World War II he snipped hundreds of servicemen for free.
Wisdom "retired" to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1962, preferring warmer climes to those of New York and Chicago. About this time he penned his still unpublished Around The World On Scissors, a retrospective of his life as a soldier and silhouette artist. In his retirement he enjoyed his hobbies, among them continuing to cut silhouettes, and corresponding with old friends; additionally, he was a member of the Canadian Legion Post 114 in St. Petersburg. Cuthbert Noel Wisdom passed away in St. Petersburg in December of 1983.
Administrative History 545$b Administrative History:
Cuthbert Noel Wisdom, born in Chicago in 1897 to parents who had recently moved from England, found himself back in England at the age of two after the death of his father, a schoolteacher who had moved to Chicago and opened a private school on the Chicago's south side. His mother, a nurse, returned with baby Noel to England, where the two stayed with relatives until Noel was old enough to go to boarding school.
Wisdom dropped out of school at age 14 and began working, first in a draper's shop, then soon he was making signs and show cards, all a pre-cursor to his film career--he "set up titles on a black velvet board, hand-tinted movie film, carried tripods for cameramen, was an extra. I'd have been a cameraman if the war hadn't come along."
In 1915 Wisdom was accepted for service and found himself in the British trenches. Most of what he did in the trenches consisited of sketching profiles of his platoon. One member of his platoon commented to Wisdom that he would always be able to earn a living as long as he was sketching.
When the war ended, Wisdom found a job in London creating ad layouts for trade magazines; in his spare time he was sketching. In 1924, when the British Empire Exhibition landed in London, Wisdom saw a display of silhouettes (and an exhibit from Australia) and knew his life had changed forever. He borrowed a pair of his mother's surgical scissors and, from black paper, carved a few profiles. Within six weeks, Noel Wisdom had landed on the shores of Australia.
He worked in Melbourne for a year, cutting silhouettes at night while working in a studio during the day. At the end of the year, he returned to England to marry an amusement park cashier he had known; however, the two realized that they had changed their minds and Wisdom set off once again. He spent much of the next nine years braving sea voyages, where he would snip silhouettes of passengers and crew between his journeys to islands such as Tahiti and Pitcairn Island. He wound up in the United States during the Depression, finding work difficult to come by; as a result, he freelanced in amusement parks on the west coast. Another return trip to Austrailia only proved to last three years, and Wisdom decided to return to the States once again.
Upon his return in 1937 Wisdom found work at a department store in Ithaca, New York where he trimmed windows and made signs. He eventually made his way around the United States, travelling to such cities as Miami Beach, Chicago, and St. Louis, snipping silhouettes everywhere he landed. During World War II he snipped hundreds of servicemen for free.
Wisdom "retired" to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1962, preferring warmer climes to those of New York and Chicago. About this time he penned his still unpublished Around The World On Scissors, a retrospective of his life as a soldier and silhouette artist. In his retirement he enjoyed his hobbies, among them continuing to cut silhouettes, and corresponding with old friends; additionally, he was a member of the Canadian Legion Post 114 in St. Petersburg. Cuthbert Noel Wisdom passed away in St. Petersburg in December of 1983.
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Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Occupation:
occupation 656 lcsh Artists
Topical Term:
subject 650 Letters
Photographs
Portraits
Silhouettes
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
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Administrative Information
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Acquisition Information:
Donation.
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Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at extref linktype simple show embed actuate onrequest href http:www.copyright.gov underline http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
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Preferred Citation:
Noel Wisdom Collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
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Related Materials:
Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints
arrangement 351
Arrangement of Materials:
This collection is arranged by type of work and is further sorted by subject. Wisdom's original silhouettes and some of those published in newspapers are found in Box 1 of the collection, while his written work, additional published materials, and the work of other artists are located in Box 2.
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Scope and Contents
This collection consists of artwork, correspondence, photographs, postcards, diaries, and manuscripts.
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Detailed List of Contents
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Around The World On Scissors Manuscript Rough draft w/ handwritten notes/ Foreward-Ch.13
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Around The World On Scissors Manuscript Rough draft w/ handwritten notes/ Ch. 14-Ch. 22
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Around The World On Scissors Manuscript Complete
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American Artist
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Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago vol. 71, no. 4
July-August 1977
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Bulletin of The Art Institute of Chicago vol. 72, no. 1
January-February 1978
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Silhouettes: A Living Art
Scope and Contents
Hickman, Peggy. Silhouettes: A Living Art. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975.


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Cuthbert Noel Wisdom, born in Chicago in 1897 to parents who had recently moved from England, found himself back in England at the age of two after the death of his father, a schoolteacher who had moved to Chicago and opened a private school on the Chicago's south side. His mother, a nurse, returned with baby Noel to England, where the two stayed with relatives until Noel was old enough to go to boarding school. Wisdom dropped out of school at age 14 and began working, first in a draper's shop, then soon he was making signs and show cards, all a pre-cursor to his film career--he "set up titles on a black velvet board, hand-tinted movie film, carried tripods for cameramen, was an extra. I'd have been a cameraman if the war hadn't come along." In 1915 Wisdom was accepted for service and found himself in the British trenches. Most of what he did in the trenches consisited of sketching profiles of his platoon. One member of his platoon commented to Wisdom that he would always be able to earn a living as long as he was sketching. When the war ended, Wisdom found a job in London creating ad layouts for trade magazines; in his spare time he was sketching. In 1924, when the British Empire Exhibition landed in London, Wisdom saw a display of silhouettes (and an exhibit from Australia) and knew his life had changed forever. He borrowed a pair of his mother's surgical scissors and, from black paper, carved a few profiles. Within six weeks, Noel Wisdom had landed on the shores of Australia. He worked in Melbourne for a year, cutting silhouettes at night while working in a studio during the day. At the end of the year, he returned to England to marry an amusement park cashier he had known; however, the two realized that they had changed their minds and Wisdom set off once again. He spent much of the next nine years braving sea voyages, where he would snip silhouettes of passengers and crew between his journeys to islands such as Tahiti and Pitcairn Island. He wound up in the United States during the Depression, finding work difficult to come by; as a result, he freelanced in amusement parks on the west coast. Another return trip to Austrailia only proved to last three years, and Wisdom decided to return to the States once again. Upon his return in 1937 Wisdom found work at a department store in Ithaca, New York where he trimmed windows and made signs. He eventually made his way around the United States, travelling to such cities as Miami Beach, Chicago, and St. Louis, snipping silhouettes everywhere he landed. During World War II he snipped hundreds of servicemen for free. Wisdom "retired" to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1962, preferring warmer climes to those of New York and Chicago. About this time he penned his still unpublished [i]Around The World On Scissors[/i], a retrospective of his life as a soldier and silhouette artist. In his retirement he enjoyed his hobbies, among them continuing to cut silhouettes, and corresponding with old friends; additionally, he was a member of the Canadian Legion Post 114 in St. Petersburg. Cuthbert Noel Wisdom passed away in St. Petersburg in December of 1983.
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Photographs
Portraits
Silhouettes
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