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Coles Phillips (1880–1927)

Author of All-American Girl: The Art of Coles Phillips

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Coles Phillips (1880-1927) Started amazing cover illustrations in Life magazine of the early 20th century. Focusing mostly on his unique and original technique of "fading away" womens clothing and objects into a solid colored background. this started in May 1908.

Unfortunately He was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the kidneys at the young age of 44 (1924). His creative output was reduced tremendously by his diagnosis and failing eye sight. His illness would soon take his life in just three years by June of 1927.

In 1975 Michael Schau published a nice (hard to find) book
"All-American Girl" Watson-Guptill Publications.

Inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1993.

In 2000 the United States Post Office released: Classic Collections "American Illustrators" 34 cent postage stamps. Showing 20 famous American Illustrators including Coles Phillips (Scott 3502e) shown in photos.

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