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Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints

Material Information

Title:
Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints
Creator:
Wisdom, Noel
Language:
English
Physical Description:
6.40 : (9 boxes) ;

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Advertising ( lcsh )
Greeting cards ( lcsh )
Paper dolls ( lcsh )
Postcards ( lcsh )
Printed ephemera ( lcsh )
Valentines ( lcsh )

Notes

Scope and Content:
This collection consists of more than 3,500 individal prints of varied size and format.
Preferred Citation:
Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints, 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 http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
Resource Identifier:
N02 ( USFLDC CID )
u29.388-n02-ead ( USFLDC Handle )

USFLDC Membership

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USF Tampa Library Special Collections Finding Aids

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URL: http://www.lib.usf.edu/special-collections/
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Guide to the Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints
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abstract 520$a Abstract This collection is comprised of chromolithographic prints collected by Noel Wisdom, a silhouette artist. This collection consists of a variety of 19th and early 20th century chromolithographic prints, lithographic prints, etchings, and engravings. Collection areas include: occasion cards, advertisements, rewards of merit, calling cards, decorative prints, booklets, and oversized materials.
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Other Information:
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Additional information may be found at http://usfldc:U29-00388-N02
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altrender Biographical Information 545$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 emph render italic 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:
Noel Wisdom was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1896, and raised in England. In 1914, he entered the British National Guard and was on the French front lines for four years of the war. Afterwards, he worked as a sketch and silhouette artist on cruise ships and, in this way, saw much of the world. In 1962 he retired to St. Petersburg, Florida and continued to pursue his artistic talents as a hobby, as well as collecting 19th century cards, autographs, early photographs, and silhouettes. He was divorced and had no family to pass his collection on to; therefore, he donated it to the University of South Florida so that it might be preserved. Wisdom died of heart failure in St. Petersburg on December 29, 1983.
controlaccess
Access Terms
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Topical Term:
subject 650 lcsh Advertising
Greeting cards.
Paper dolls
Postcards
Printed ephemera
Valentines
descgrp
Administrative Information
acqinfo 541
Acquisition Information:
Donation.
accessrestrict 506
Conditions Governing Access:
None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
prefercite 524
Preferred Citation:
Noel Wisdom Collection of Chromolithographic Prints, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Related Materials:
Noel Wisdom Collection, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
arrangement 351
Arrangement of Materials:
Alphabetical by maker, when identified. Alphabetical by subject when maker not identified.
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Scope and Contents
This collection consists of more than 3,500 individal prints of varied size and format.
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Detailed List of Contents
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Prints by Manufacturer A-F
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Folder 1
A
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Acme Printing; Adams & Bro.; Henry Allen China & Co.; Louis Albenberg; American B. H., O. & Sewing Machine Co.; American Shoe Tip Co.; American Tract Society; George B. Anderson; F. Appel, Paris; Arbuckle Bros Coffee Co.; Franois-Pierre-Ami Argand; W. M. Akin & Co.; Armstrong & Co. Lithography, Boston; J. Asais; Ath; The Atlanta Constitution; Mrs. L. Atwood & Co; Aubry, Paris; W. J. Austen & Co; Dr. J. C. Ayer & Co.; American Tea Co.
id161363
1
2
B
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: B.T. Babbitt, Barney's pure candies, A. H. Barnes, C. P. Bartleson, M. Beach & Co, Beers photography, Bergman, Bible and Tract Society, Birn Brothers, Bloomfield Fine Shoes, Boston and Meriden Clothing Co., J. S. Bonney, Bonton Art Co., William B. Borford, Boss Patent Cases, E. Bouasse Jeune, S. R. Bowie & Co, J.C. Boyd, Brand & Co., Bridgeport Corset Co., G. P. Brown, Brown & Simpson Piano, G.H. Buek & Co., Bundy Bros., A.F. Burbank, Burrow-Giles Lith Co., Van Buskirk Bros Druggists, Bussey & McLeod Stove Co., Butterfield's Shoe Store, Button & Ottley, Battin & Taylor, Beck & Pauli Lith Co., J. & C. Blooker, Brown's Hotel, M. Burfield, E. Burkhardt, Jas. G. Butler & Co., William G. Bell Co., A. Bowers, Braun, Clement & Co., Bobbett, Hooper & Co., N.Y.
id161364
1
3
Bufford
id161365
1
4
C
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: C.S.C. Company; Grand Calico Carnival; W. G. Campbell; Campbell & Tudhope; Carter's Medicine Co.; Celluloid water-proof linen; Chase and Sanborn Coffee; Chicago Corset Co.; Chicago Cottage Organ Co.; Church & Dwight Co.; Louis F. Citti; City Hall Dining Rooms; C. H. Claiton & Co.; Clay and Richmond; George Close; F. B. Coates, grocer; Coats; Colgate & Company; Colton, Zahm & Roberts; Connecticut Pop Corn Co.; Continental Billiard and Pool Hall; David C. Cook Publishing Co.; Edward H. Corbovid; E. H. Corson; Cosack & Co.; Couch & Woodruff; George E. Couch; H. W. Cushing; Cadwell Lithographic Co.; Calvert Lithographic Co.; Campuzano Brothers; Samuel Carpenter Co.; Corning Stove Company; Cosack & Co.;Samuel K. Cowan; Helga von Cramm; Courier Lithographic Co.
id161366
1
5
Carrington
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by George S. Carrington Co.
id161367
1
6
D
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Davis Sewing Machine; DeGreen & Co.; Maison Demorest; Diamond Post Cards; Dilworth's Coffee; Doliber, Goodale Co.; Domestic Sewing Machine Co.; Douglas & Sherwood; Dwight's Saleratus; George H. Dunston Lithography; Duval & Co. Lithographers; J. C. and I. Daniel; A. M. Davis Co.; Perry Davis & Son; Louis Daudelin Co.; Dingee & Conard Co.
id161368
1
7
Donaldson Brothers
id161369
1
8
E-F
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: E. N., Eureka Printing Co.; Eureka Silk; Eyre & Spottiswoode; Estey Organ Co.; F. F. A. St. Hyacinthe, Que.; N. K. Fairbank & Co.; Champion Banjos of America; Fairchild & Shelton; G. W. Fairchild; Joshua Fiero, Jr.; Ford's Bazar; Foster, Besse & Co.; Foster, Milburn & Co.; : Free Press Print; A. B. Frenzel; Forbes Co.; Fulton, Bartlett & Blain; F. & Co.; The Fairman Co.; K. Truman Woolf.; Paul Finkenrath; Isaac Friedenwald; Fireproof Oil; Craig Foley & Co.
id161370
2
Prints by Manufacturer G-M
id161371
2
1
G
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: August Gast; Giant Clothing Co.; The Gibson Art Co.; Gies; Giles Litho & Liberty printing co.; Giles Litho Co.; Golden Eagle Clothing Store; Good Ali; Goulding Bros. Co.; Granite Iron Ware; Grant & Brown; The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.; Groder's Syrup; Groder's Syrup; Philip Grote Confectionery; Samuel Gabriel Sons & Co.; Gast Lith. Co.; Gottschalk, Dreyfus & Davis; Grand Union Tea Co.; N. A. Graves; The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.; Aml. Gabriel Sons & Co.; Gies & Co.; Great Overland and Pacific Tea Co.; Green's Flower Shop.
id161372
2
2
H
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: John A. Haddock; W. Hagelberg; R. P. Hall & Co.; Matt. C. Hall; Hallock's Choice Fruit Extracts; G. S. Harrison & Son; Mrs. M. Harris; James R. Harrison; W. Hart; Hart; F. I. Hartenstein; Hartford Chemical Company; Hatch Lithographic Co.; Max Hauser; Haworth & Dewhurst; Allan Hay Co.; Hayes' White House; G. M. Hayes; Hecker-Jones-Jewell Milling Co.; E. N. Heath; E.J. Henderson; J. P. Herbert; Charles S. Higgins; Hiscox & Co.; Hogg, Brown & Taylor; Holman English Opera Co.; Holmes & Edwards Silver Co.; Home Insurance Co.; Mrs. M. Horton; Household Sewing Machine Co.; E. W. Hoyt & Co.; Hulman & Co.; Huyler's; Hawley & Hoops; George W. Helm; J. Herman; Dr. C. L. Hill; Dr. G. E. Hill; Holbrook & Taylor; Hopcraft & Co.; Van Houten's Cocoa; Hood's Sarsaparilla; J.E. Hawkins; J.E. Hudson & Co.; The Hygienic Products Co.
id161373
2
3
Hildeschimer
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by S. Hildescheimer & Co. and Hildescheimer & Faulkner.
id161374
2
4
Hood
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by C.I. Hood & Co.
id161375
2
5
International Art Publishing Co.
id161376
2
6
J
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Johns & Co Lithographers; Jackson Wagon Co.; Meyer Jacobs; Jennings' Handkerchief Perfumes; Johnston's C.P. Baking powder; Judges' Ltd.; J.P.; H. J.
id161377
2
7
K
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: I.N. Keen; P.A. Kemper; Kendall Manufacturing Co.; Kerr's; Kerr & Co.; Kennedy's Hats; Mrs. L. C. King; M. L. King; Jas. S. Kirk & Co.; Knight & Howland; Aug. Koch; Krebs Lithography Co.; K & Co.; J. E. Knowles; W. Karle; B. J. Kendall & Co.
id161378
2
8
Ketterlinus
id161379
2
9
Knapp
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by Major & Knapp, Knapp & Co., and Major & Knapp & Co.
id161380
2
10
L
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: L & Co.; J. Lacass & Co.; Lady Grey Perfumery Co.; Laird's; J. Leeming; G.H. Lempe; Levering & Co.; James L. Libby & Co.; Companie Liebig; Liebler & Maas; Liston's beef tea; Loomis; Luckey, Platt & Co.; Lewiston Bleachery; Jos. Laing & Co.; Lautz Bros. & Co.; Libby, McNeill & Libby; F.E. Little & Co.; Harold Loomis; Robert H. Lord; E. J. Lehmann; Leighton Brothers; L. L.
id161381
2
11
M
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Maison de la Belle Jardinire; Malena Company; Marion, Paris- Marion & Co.; Albert Marx; Perry Mason & Co.; McLaughlin Coffee; J. C. Mendenhall & Co.; Merrick Thread Co.; Methodist Publishing House; Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.; William Miller; Milwaukee Lith. & Engr. Co.; Miller & Umbdenstock; Moore & Walther; C.E. Morrell & Co.; W. J. Morgan & Co.; Morath Advertising Co.; H. Mullaney; Murray & Lanman; Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick; Matthews, Northrup & Co.; Henry Mayo & Co.; Walter McEwan; Dr. J. H. McLean; Meissner & Buch; Mellin's Food; Morse Bros; M. L. Morton; F.E. Moush & Co.; Muscatine Oat Meal Co.; Mutual Book Co.; M.S. i. B.; M. M. & Co.; Enoch Morgan's Sons Co.; James Morier; Moulton & Bradley; Murry Engraving Co.
id161382
3
Prints by Manufacturer M-T
id161383
3
1
Mayer
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann.
id161384
3
2
N
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Wm. Nast; National bureau of engraving; T. Nelson & Sons; New Home Sewing Machine Co.; L. Newman; Niagara Gloss; Niagara Lithography Co.; Norwegian Plow Co.; Nunnally Candy Co.; E.E. de Noyelles.
id161385
3
3
Nash
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by E. Nash.
id161386
3
4
O
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Obern, Hosiek & Co.; Obpacher Bros.; Ollendorff; Obsequio Baguer; Oriental & Occidental Tea Company, limited; Orcutt Co. Lithography; J. Ottmann Lith. Co.; Dr. Osgood; A.P. Ordway & Co.; Obpacher Bros.
id161387
3
5
P
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Ph & A.; George R. Page; Salon Palmer; Wm. Peirce; J. W. Perkins; Phelps, Dodge & Palmer; N.Y. Pictorial Printing Co.; James E. Pitts; R. Plummer; Pond's Extract Co.; Potter & Wrightington; Potter Drug & Chemical Co.; Mrs. Pott's; Pratt manufacturing Co.; Preston's Portsmouth Specialties; Providence Lithography Co.; Fr. Pustet; James Pyle; Piso Company; W. Price Co.; Palace Clothing House; A. Payne; Alfred Pickles; Philipp Bros.; J. A. Pozzoni; Thomas W. Price Co.; G. K. Prince; Perkins Wind Mill and Ax Co.; Philadelphia Clothing House.
id161388
3
6
Prang
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by L. Prang & Co.
id161389
3
7
Q-R
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: G. V. S. Quackenbush; Raufmann & Strauss; W. H. Read & Bro.; O. C. Reichardt; Religious Tract-Society; E. P. & L Restein; W.A. Rice Seed Co.; Richmond & Co.; Roberts Opera House; C. F. Risley & Co.; Fannie Rochat; Rodgers; A. Rohrbach; Romenet & Cie; Rosenthal Bros.; Rumford Chemical Works; Rust Craft; R.K. & Co.; H. I. Robbins; Richmond Lithography Co.; Regnier & Co.
id161390
3
8
S
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Singer Sewing Machine Co.; Sackett, Wilhelms & Betzig; William Saul; Savage & Dunham's; James Scales; Rosa Schmidt; G. Schlegel & Son; Schnull-Krag Coffee Co.; F. Schumacher Milling Co.; Arther Schurer; Schumacher & Ettlinger; E. A. Schwerdtfeger; H. Y. Seidler; A. B. Seeley; H. Senoke; Seven Barks; Seven Corner One Price Clothing Store; M. T. Sheahan; Chas. Shields' Sons; Shober & Carqueville; B. Shoninger & Co; C.F. Shuster; Silleck Bros.; C. F. Simmons; Singer Sewing Machine Co.; Southworth's; Spicer & Peckham; Sprague & Williams' Cash Store; C. H. Spurgeon; Howard W. Spurr & Co.; Standard Screw Shoes; Stegher Litho. Co.; Mensing & Stecher; H. R. Stevens; Stephens Litho. & Eng. Co.; E. B. Stillings; H. Sulman; L. Sunderland Lithography; Sunshine Publishing Co.; M C. Swift & Son; Sheldon Swope; S. B.; S & N.; S T.; Sherwin-Williams; Shober & Carqueville Lith. Co.; Sunlight Soap; Thomas F. Swann; Sacket, Wilhelms & Betzig; T. P. Stebbins; Success with Flowers.
id161391
3
9
T
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: M. W. Taggart; Thompson & Taylor Spice Co.; H. K. & F. B. Thurber & Co.; : J. J. Tobey; Toledo Spice Co.; Tremont Stove Works; True & Co.
id161392
3
10
Tobin
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by M. F. Tobin.
id161393
3
11
Tuck
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by Raphael Tuck & Sons.
id161394
4
Prints by Manufacturer U-W & Miscellaneous Prints
id161395
4
1
U
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Udell Wooden Ware Works; Ullman Manufacturing Co.; Union Pacific Tea Co.; Union Social Club; U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Co.
id161396
4
2
V
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: Vallet, Minot & Cie; Van Yorx; T. B. Veasey; Frank Vernon; Vogel Brothers; VanDerveer & Holmes Biscuit Co.
id161397
4
3
Volland
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by P. F. Volland & Co.
id161398
4
4
W
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by the following manufacturers: R. D. Waddell; White's Business College; Wallace & Co.; H. H. Warner & Co.; Warner Bros.; Waterlow's Sons; Josiah Webb; Webb's Stove Polish; Fred Weld; J. Wellenberger & Ganter; Wells, Richardson & Co.; W. E. Wentworth; Edward P. White; P. F. Wheaton; Thomas H. White; I. Whiteson; Chas. E. Whitney; Whitehead and Haas Co.; Whitney Valentine Co.; John A. Wilhelm; D. M. Williams & Co.; J. B. Williams Co.; Willimantic Linen Co.; Chas. F. Wing; John Winsch; W. W. Winship; H. L. Woehler; Wolf & Co.; Woolson Spice Co.; H. B. Wright; W. C. & W.; W. B. & W.; Wadsworth, Martinez & Longman; Harry H. Weylman; Woolson Spice Co.; B. W.; W. H. W. & Co.; C. A. Wentworth; N. C. Wyeth and T. B. Hapgood.
id161399
4
5
Ward
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by Marcus Ward.
id161400
4
6
Wemple
Scope and Contents
Includes prints by Wemple & Kronheim.
id161401
4
7
Etchings
id161402
4
8
Half-tone
id161403
4
9
Photographic
id161404
4
10
Printed Material
id161405
4
11
Rewards of Merit
id161406
4
12
Stereographs
id161407
4
13
Miscellaneous
id161408
5
Miscellaneous Prints
id161409
5
1
Christmas Large
id161410
5
2
Christmas Santa Claus
id161411
5
3
Christmas Small
id161412
5
4
Dickens Characters
id161413
5
5
Floral Large
id161414
5
6
Floral Medium
id161415
5
7
Floral Small
id161416
5
8
Gift Cards
id161417
5
9
Gift Enclosures
id161418
6
Miscellaneous Prints
id161419
6
1
Booklets
id161420
6
2
Calling Cards
id161421
6
3
Ethnic
id161422
6
4
Groudy
id161423
6
5
Landscapes
id161424
6
6
Paper Dolls
id161425
6
7
Patriotic
id161426
6
8
Religious
id161428
6
9
Unused Calling Cards
id161429
6
10
Valentines
id161437
6
11
Women and Girls I
id161438
6
12
Women and Girls II
id161431
7
Miscellaneous Prints
id161432
7
1
Animals
id161433
7
2
Boys
id161434
7
3
Children
id161435
7
4
Foreign Language
id161436
7
5
Scrapbook Elements
id161444
7
6
Scrapbooks
id161439
8
Miscellaneous Oversized
id162308
9
Scrapbooks
Scope and Contents
Includes two scrapbooks of clippings that mostly consist of black and white etchings. The majority depict historical and artistic figures of note.
item
id162309
9
Volume I
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9
Volume II


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Noel Wisdom
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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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Advertising
Greeting cards.
Paper dolls
Postcards
Printed ephemera
Valentines
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