A website devoted to the rediscovery of the works of early 20th century illustrator Henry E. Vallely (1881-1950). Perhaps best known for his chiaroscuro technique employed in Big Little Books, he also produced a large volume of work including fashion illustrations for women's magazines, spot illustrations for food periodicals, magazine covers and children's books. His art is distinctive and timeless and deserves the recognition that has until this time eluded it. Comments and contributions towards the preservation of the H. E. Vallely legacy are most welcome. All images are believed to be in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Friday, December 01, 2006


This issue of the Saturday Evening Post from October 30, 1909 reveals another illustration created by Henry Vallely for a local Chicago business. The Inner-Player was a rather sophisticated player piano produced by The Cable Company which claimed to be "the world's greatest manufacturer of pianos, inner player pianos, and organs."

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