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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Children's Books by Famous Illustrators: Tom Vroman

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thomas Vroman was an illustrator and graphic designer whose work began appearing in major publications in the mid-1950s.

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In 1956, Collier's magazine published a spectacular series of historical illustrations by Vroman...
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 ... done in his highly attractive, highly decorative, signature style.

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 Vroman's inventive, forward-looking style was not necessarily appreciated by all of Collier's readers.

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 During the 1960s Tom Vroman illustrated several children's books.

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(I managed to locate these images on amazon.com but there may have been others)

 Vroman's best known children's book might be Alexander...

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 ... the story of a mischievous (imaginary) horse.

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As a kid growing up in the late '60s and early '70s, I often wondered (and still do today as a professional character designer of cartoon mascots) if Vroman's Alexander was the inspiration for the mascot character on Fruit Stripe Gum.

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Thomas Vroman went on to launch a successful graphic design firm which still exists today. There is an extensive biography of the artist and some examples of his later artwork at vromandesign.com

 * More of the artist's Collier's illustrations in my Thomas Vroman Flickr set.

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