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The print of this photo has been found copyrighted 1914 by Brown and Bigelow on a 1916 calendar and again on a 1923 calendar, again by Brown and Bigelow. Lois owns two copies of the print (not the photo).
Collectors treasure the beautiful color prints found on advertising calendars of the early twentieth century, known as “The Golden Age of Illustration.” But, as we know, many of those beautiful illustrations started as equally beautiful black and white photos by Beatrice Tonnesen and others. Unfortunately, because the calendar companies that published the color prints usually discarded the original photos, we rarely see the two together. Now, thanks largely to the recent discovery of an archive of Tonnesen’s original photos in her hometown of Winneconne, WI, we can match many of them with the color prints found in my collection and the collections of others. Sumner Nelson has scanned the original photos and restored them for display in the Beatrice Tonnesen Catalog. Here, for your enjoyment, is a true “before and after” presentation of vintage calendar art . See the accompanying slideshow, and match each photo with its resultant color print.
Copyright (c) 2010 Lois Emerson