Item #17676 Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon. Florence V. Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.
Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.

Salesman’s sample album with hand-colored greeting cards illustrated by Cannon.

[ Camden, New Jersey: Florence V. Cannon, n.d., 1910s. ]. Mostly undated, though some of the cards have a copyright date of 1910. The present album may have been used in Florence V. Cannon’s print shop to display examples of her work to customers or may have been given by her to another seller, as Cannon did sell her work through other retailers, including major companies like Milton Bradley. With eighty-two hand-colored, mounted sample greeting cards, postcards, bridge tally cards, place cards, etc. by Florence V. Cannon. Many of the cards are priced in pencil and some have limitations noted (“25 doz,” “100 doz”). Includes a set of Christmas cards designed by Cannon for the Boy Scouts. Some soiling. Some empty spots where cards were removed (or have fallen out), including two fully blank pages. The cards themselves are clean and bright. With two items laid in: a four-page brochure from the Milton Bradley Co. offering twelve “Motto Cards for Illumination Designed and Published by Florence V. Cannon,” all of which are compiled in is album, and Cannon’s business card. Very good. Brown paper self-wrappers bound with cord. 10 x 13." 14 ff. Item #17676

Florence V. Cannon (1883 – 1963) was born in Camden, New Jersey and educated at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The cards in these albums dated from the beginning of her career, when she founded the Florence V. Cannon Company, her own greeting card and printing business. An advertisement for the company in a 1916 issue of Harper’s Bazaar offers Christmas cards, place cards, paper dolls, and tally cards for bridge featuring “Beautiful designs not duplicated in other shops. Hand colored.” The laid-in brochure advertises a line of Cannon’s “Motto Cards” — proverbs or quotations with accompanying illustrations designed to be colored by the purchaser — which were issued by Milton Bradley and, according to the brochure, “are to be used in teaching color and design.”.

By the 1920s, Cannon’s business pivoted to toy manufacturing, and by the 1930s she refocused on her fine art career. In 1939, she became a founding member of the American Color Print Society and served as its first president. She was also a member of the Philadelphia Art Alliance and, in the 1930s, returned to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as a teacher.

Price: $600.00

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