The Start of an Illustrious Career
I am continuing to go through the collection of John Falter, a highly successful artist and illustrator born in Nebraska, and routinely find items that I feel are little gems. The museum collection includes preliminary sketches and doodles that resulted in Saturday Evening Post covers or WWII posters. Correspondence found in the archival materials reveals how he worked and what the process was like for an illustrator in the 1930s-1960s. The photograph collection will undoubtedly hold more fabulous items.
This blog is about my most recent “Hey, look at this!” item. It is a scrapbook put together by Falter in 1925-1926 when he was a fifteen/sixteen year old high school student in Falls City. His talent, while still relatively undeveloped, was obvious and you can see that he may have been seriously considering a career as a cartoonist (he certainly had a sense of humor). In fact, a few of the scrapbook entries were drawings for a cartoon that he drew occassionally for the Falls City Journal in 1926 called Down Thru The Ages.
I hope you enjoy this little peek into the artistic life of a Nebraska teen!
The scrapbook page on the right is "interactive." See the image below to find out what happens when the door is lifted.
–Deb Arenz, Senior Museum Curator
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