Woman's Home Companion

Harry Anderson's Art for

Woman's Home Companion

These paintings range from 1939-1952

There are *48* illustrations on this page!

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Back in June 1986 Kurt Reichenbach and I visited Harry...

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I took this pic of Kurt holding Harry's really cute painting of a Rabbit Lady....

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It took me 27 years to find the magazine it was in...

ON JUNE 13, 2013 I FINALLY FOUND IT!!!

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**I FOUND IT**

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The short story is really cute -- the girl's mother is listening to her daughter read a story she wrote about a Rabbit Mom who kept yelling at her Rabbit Daughter whenever she made too much noise or accidentally knocks things over -- the mom realizes it's about her and she is greatly embarassed about her behavior -- and "her ears were burning" so much that it suggested that the mom had a "very long pair of ears indeed."

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Cute story -- and it was GREAT to finally find it!!!

 

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January 1940

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May 1941

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February 1942

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October 1947

Just located in June 2013

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July 1952

Just located in June 2013

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March 1952

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Two exquisite examples of Harry's painting brillance....

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"The Mad Draycotts" Pt 1 - February 1953

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What a *gorgeous* forest scene!!  I just wish that big text balloon wasn't there so we could see the entire painting!

When Nathan Greene saw this one he wrote:

"Wow! That is a very nice one! Harry must have really been "in the zone" when he did this one! I think it is one of the finest I've seen of his, Jim!  Thanks for sharing these with us!"
 

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When Steve Rude saw it he wrote:
 
"Yeah, when I saw this one I gasped too.  To put it in plain fact, I would put “commercial artist” Harry Anderson up against any artist who pretty much ever lived.  He’s just that good.  He knew everything there was about the craft of making art, and he proved it 2 –3 times a month for his lifetime.  Let any of the critics chew on that."
 
When James Gurney saw it he wrote:

 "Hey, Jim,  Thanks for the scan. That's a beautiful Harry Anderson. Hard to paint forest interiors effortlessly. So many '50s illustrators worried that their magazine work would be discarded and forgotten forever. If it wasn't for people like Leif Peng and Dan Zimmer and you, it might have suffered that fate."

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"The Mad Draycotts" Pt 2 - March 1953

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Another gorgeous example of Harry Anderson's painting brillance -- the smooth-toned faces are stunningly nice, and there again is the green-glass lamp he often used in his paintings casting its soft glow over the scene... 

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 November 1950

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April 1942

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August 1939

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April 1952

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March 1940 - 2 illustrations

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May 1940

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February 1948

12 years ago Merwin Abbott posted this b&w Harry Anderson on the Internet because his father posed for it...

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...and in 2013 I finally found a copy of the magazine!

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November 1946

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October 1941

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April 1940

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March 1941 - 2 illustrations

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June 1942

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December 1941

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September 1952

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January 1955

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July 1939

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November 1939

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 September 1940

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October 1942

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December 1942

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April 1943

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June 1946

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May 1947

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1947 - month unknown

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December 1947

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May 1948

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 June 1948

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A jigaw puzzle of "The Purple Bridge"

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August 1948 

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December 1952

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COVERS 1948-1949

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ABOVE:  I made a jigsaw puzzle of the kids reading the Sunday Comics, and inserted my 1986 pic of Harry holding the original art of this painting!

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(MORE TO COME)

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