Fairy Tale Posters (Lawrence, MA)


Allidan, 12/29/15, 11:25 AM, 8C, 7230×9383 (348+453), 100%, Art 1, 1/30 s, R127.3, G95.1, B107.7

The posters in this collection were part of something called the Home and School Series with a subset of Fairy Tale Pictures. In the pamphlet Ten Years Service by the National Child Welfare Association, Inc., 1912-1922 the posters are described as “exquisitely colored in water-colors, so that each is, in effect, and original painting. They are so imaginative and childlike in spirit and so vividly beautiful in color that they form a charming decoration for the schoolroom, kindergarten, children’s hospital ward, library or nursery.” There were twelve of these posters originally; the Library has eleven, missing the Chicken Little poster.

The Lawrence YMCA is listed as a participant in the 1922 pamphlet, but not the Library.

Elizabeth Tyler, the artist, was born in Massachusetts  and attended Mt. Holyoke College (she studied with George Grosz at the Art Students League) and then attended the Normal Art School of Boston. She was the wife of Wallace Wolcott, an architect who worked with McKim, Mead and White.  She illustrated six books: I spend the summer, The world to know, Playing with clay, The singing farmer, Two children of Tyre, and Akka Dwarf of Syracuse. She created a mural for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.  She won the Book Week Poster Contest for 1949.  She died Nov. 27 1951.


The posters were displayed first on the Old Library Building on the corner of Haverhill and Hampshire Streets.   Some of them were distributed to the Branch Library in South Lawrence. the Children’s Room in the new Library building, and various offices in the building.  The remaining eleven posters are now on display at the main library building at 51 Lawrence Street.  The newly digitized images are now available online.


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