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MATURE 1953 Ted Withers Artists' Sketch Pad Calendar Page - September "Quick Delivery"

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In addition to having Withers distinctive preliminary sketches included as part of the final product, this page has this phrase on the page:

"Quick Delivery"

Quick to Start,
Pickup fast,
Lots of Speed
And never passed.


Month: September
Year: 1953
Size: 8 3/4 x 14
Artist: Edward "Ted" Withers
Advertiser: The Van Keuren Co. Prevision Measuring Tools 176 Waltham St. Watertown 72, MASS

Condition: Overall this is in good shape. There is a slight yellowing and the edges show minor wear. There are 'bends in the pages', as you can see in the photos, the calendar was stored rolled up and exhibits some creasing from this. They aren't as distracting on the front of each page as they are on the back.


PHOTOS ARE OF ACTUAL ITEM - Please look them over closely. What you see is what you are getting.

Ted Withers Artists Sketch Pad Calendar

Edward "Ted" Withers was born in Wellington, New Zealand. After graduation he moved to London and then to Paris to continue his art studies. During World War One, he saw service in Samoa, Egypt, France, and Germany and received three decorations.

After the war, he moved to America with his wife and two children and became a naturalized citizen, and lived in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 40s. For twenty years, he was an art director for several companies in Hollywood including, MGM, Earnshaw-Young Advertising Agency, and Sterling Press Lithograph Company. He also painted fine-art works for his own enjoyment, and his award-winning landscapes were widely exhibited.

In 1950, Ted began drawing Pinups. A contemporary of Norman Rockwell, Gil Elvgren and Rolf Armstrong his work is found in many museums and collections.

After a period of time producing fine arts for his own enjoyment Withers took up painting pin-ups and produced numerous calendar girls for Brown & Bigelow during the 1950s. Brown & Bigelow were one of the biggest producers of calendars in the mid twentieth century and at one time were responsible for putting calendars in an estimated 50 million homes.

A distinctive feature of Withers pin up work was the inclusion of half rendered penciled figures alongside his finished portraits.

In November 1950, at his first Brown & Bigelow cocktail party, Withers was talking with Norman Rockwell when Rolf Armstrong and Gil Elvgren arrived. These two pin-up greats were introduced to Withers, who was bowled over when Armstrong praised him as "one of America's greatest, most versatile painters" and Elvgren, who had a keen interest in photography, added "one of the best photographers in the country".

In a letter to Brown & Bigelow, Withers once described the view from his Hollywood apartment: "At night I look out on a carpet of jewels composed of neon and street lights, and here I work and am grateful that way over the eastern horizon, you nice people multiply my effort and enable me to live very well indeed".

Withers continued producing pinups until 1961 and passed away in 1964.
In addition to having Withers distinctive preliminary sketches included as part of the final product, this page has this phrase on the page:

"Quick Delivery"

Quick to Start,
Pickup fast,
Lots of Speed
And never passed.


Month: September
Year: 1953
Size: 8 3/4 x 14
Artist: Edward "Ted" Withers
Advertiser: The Van Keuren Co. Prevision Measuring Tools 176 Waltham St. Watertown 72, MASS

Condition: Overall this is in good shape. There is a slight yellowing and the edges show minor wear. There are 'bends in the pages', as you can see in the photos, the calendar was stored rolled up and exhibits some creasing from this. They aren't as distracting on the front of each page as they are on the back.


PHOTOS ARE OF ACTUAL ITEM - Please look them over closely. What you see is what you are getting.

Ted Withers Artists Sketch Pad Calendar

Edward "Ted" Withers was born in Wellington, New Zealand. After graduation he moved to London and then to Paris to continue his art studies. During World War One, he saw service in Samoa, Egypt, France, and Germany and received three decorations.

After the war, he moved to America with his wife and two children and became a naturalized citizen, and lived in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 40s. For twenty years, he was an art director for several companies in Hollywood including, MGM, Earnshaw-Young Advertising Agency, and Sterling Press Lithograph Company. He also painted fine-art works for his own enjoyment, and his award-winning landscapes were widely exhibited.

In 1950, Ted began drawing Pinups. A contemporary of Norman Rockwell, Gil Elvgren and Rolf Armstrong his work is found in many museums and collections.

After a period of time producing fine arts for his own enjoyment Withers took up painting pin-ups and produced numerous calendar girls for Brown & Bigelow during the 1950s. Brown & Bigelow were one of the biggest producers of calendars in the mid twentieth century and at one time were responsible for putting calendars in an estimated 50 million homes.

A distinctive feature of Withers pin up work was the inclusion of half rendered penciled figures alongside his finished portraits.

In November 1950, at his first Brown & Bigelow cocktail party, Withers was talking with Norman Rockwell when Rolf Armstrong and Gil Elvgren arrived. These two pin-up greats were introduced to Withers, who was bowled over when Armstrong praised him as "one of America's greatest, most versatile painters" and Elvgren, who had a keen interest in photography, added "one of the best photographers in the country".

In a letter to Brown & Bigelow, Withers once described the view from his Hollywood apartment: "At night I look out on a carpet of jewels composed of neon and street lights, and here I work and am grateful that way over the eastern horizon, you nice people multiply my effort and enable me to live very well indeed".

Withers continued producing pinups until 1961 and passed away in 1964.

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MATURE 1953 Ted Withers Artists' Sketch Pad Calendar Page - September "Quick Delivery"

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  • Material: paper
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