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Earle B. Winslow papers, 1920-1970

Earle B. Winslow papers, 1920-1970

Winslow, Earle (Earle B.), 1884-1969

Painter, Teacher, Lithographer, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 0.6 linear ft.

Summary: The papers consist primarily of nine sketchbooks and printed materials, such as clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and reproductions of Winslow's artwork. Additional scattered materials include biographical material, letters concerning Winslow's art-related activities during World War II, notes and writings, and photographs of art work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator, lithographer, teacher; Woodstock, N.Y.


Donated 1978 by Mrs. Marsden London, Winslow's daughter.

A Finding Aid to the Earle B. Winslow Papers,
, in the Archives of American Art
Biographical Note
Earle B. Winslow was born on February 21, 1884 in Northville, Michigan, and several years later his family moved to Grand Rapids. After graduating from Union High School in Grand Rapids, Winslow studied at the Art Institute of Chicago until 1906 when he served a two-year apprenticeship at the Cargills Newspaper Engraving Plant.
In 1909, Winslow married Zenna Pearl, the former model of his Grand Rapids art instructor Mathais J. Alten. He moved his family to Detroit in 1913 where he was employed by the Franklin Press Company, and he attended the Detroit School of Fine Arts.
By 1917, the Winslows had two children, Marshall Ladd and Zenna Mae, and the family moved to Chicago where he continued his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. The family moved again the following year to New York City, where Winslow studied at the Art Students league with George Bellows and John Sloan. Beginning in 1919, summers were spent in Woodstock where his tutors were John Sloan, Andrew Dasburg, and George Bellows. Classmates in Bellows' classes included Peggy Bacon and Dorothy Varian.
In 1921, Winslow created the "Bingville Bugle" comic strip at the Invisible Ink Studios of Woodstock, New York. It was from this popular publication that singer Bing Crosby took his nickname. When the publication was discontinued in 1924, Winslow was employed at Art Services in New York City. In 1929, he established his own studio at 219 West 14th Street in New York City, and executed the Exide Battery Account for which he won an Art directors Award. He had a solo exhibition at the Macbeth Gallery in April of the same year.
He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Artists Guild, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Salmagundi Club, and did illustrations for
The Saturday Evening Post
Women's Home Companion
, and
Outdoor Life
. In 1935, Winslow was honored by the Linweave Paper Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, when they named "Winslow Texture" watercolor paper after him.
During World War II, he was commissioned to do posters and instructional material for the U. S. Marines and the Forestry Service. He also painted 30-minute portraits at the Stage Door Canteen and Seamen's Institute.
In 1948, Winslow became an instructor at Pratt Institute, and at Visual Arts and Cartoon Schools. He gave up his New York City Studio and moved permanently to Woodstock, New York, in 1953.
Earle B. Winslow died on June 21, 1969 in Woodstock, New York.
The collection has been arranged into 6 series:
Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1944-1969 (Box 1; 1 folder)
Series 2: Letters, circa 1943-1977 (Box 1; 2 folders)
Series 3: Sketchbooks, circa 1898-1925 (Box 1; 9 folders)
Series 4: Notes and Writings, circa 1969 (Box 1; 4 folders)
Series 5: Printed Material, circa 1928-1976 (Box 2; 17 folders)
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1959-1964 (Box 2; 5 folders)
Donated 1978 by Mrs. Marsden London, Winslow's daughter.
Processing Information
The papers were processed by Jean Fitzgerald in 2007.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Earle B. Winslow papers, 1920-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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