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.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Play Football

Although unsigned, this 1934 box cover for a Play Football board game bears all of the earmarks of a Vallely. In previous years he had illustrated two football themed dust jackets for Elmer A. Dawson's Garry Grayson series, and two years later would provide the cover for William Heyliger's tale of the gridiron, Fighting Blood. This is his first artwork for a board game that I'm aware of.

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Blogger robert james seeley said...

The Sunday Chicago Tribune printed a few ads for Adam Schaaf Pianos, illustrated by Vallely:

15dec18 p12
17nov12 p08
08dec18 p11

Search Fold3 for "Adam Schaaf" and look for these issues.

There may be more: very sophisticated, elegant.

3:39 PM

 
Blogger DSK said...

Thanks!
Would you happen to have any direct links?

6:58 PM

 
Blogger robert james seeley said...

I have the unedited downloads in high resolution format, as well as my versions edited (brightened) in Photoshop. I assume you would want just the illustrations, and not the voluminous copy about pianos. How to deliver them ??? rjs

9:10 AM

 
Blogger DSK said...

Did you get them via http://archives.chicagotribune.com/ or do you have scans from the original newspapers?
I found the 3 you mentioned there (2 are actually the same illustration).
I can be reached at dskaroll-blog@yahoo.com

Thank you!

9:44 AM

 

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