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Sunday, December 11, 2011

A S Paterson

I recently came in to possession of several hundred clippings of Alan Stuart Paterson's (1902-1968) daily cartoons from The Dominion created whilst he was their first staff cartoonist from 1925-1950.

From Susan E. Foster's Profile at Te Ara,

 "Paterson worked his cartoons out in his mind at night, then drew them in the morning, usually taking 1½ to two hours. In his early drawings the influence of Phil May and a young David Low can be seen before he developed his own fluid, economical style."

Over the years Paterson also illustrated many books and publications for A. W. Reed depicting the life and times of New Zealand in the early twentieth century.

As well as his skill as a cartoonist Paterson was an accomplished water colourist with three books of watercolour work published posthumously that saw multiple printings with sales of over 100,000 copies.

From NZ Herald cartoonist G. E Minhinnick. O.B E. foreword to Paterson's book of watercolour puns, The Bull Pen,

"His friends will remember him as a gentle and whimsical philosopher, with a glorious sense of the absurd. They will remember him, too as an artist an illustrator of distinction and a quiet man."

Over the course of Paterson's daily strips for The Dominion he recorded customs, attitudes  and social mores of early twentieth century New Zealand that show remarkable differences to the New Zealand of today.

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Self-portrait from Professor Paterson's Book of Engaging Birds

Sources: Susan E. Foster. 'Paterson, Alan Stuart - Biography', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Sep-10 URL:, G.E Minhinnick's foreword to The Bull Pen 1968

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stamina Clothes - Walter Lacey Jardine

The following advertisements featured in Australian magazine Parade during 1950's and 1960's for Stamina Clothes. I could easily imagine these being presented to the clothing executives in a Don Draperesque presentation. Several of the illustrations are signed by Walter Lacey Jardine (1884 - 1970) and I would likely attribute them all to him. Jardine showed an early aptitude for art and apprenticed at 12 years of age with newspaper artist J. H. Leonard. For the next twenty years Jardine worked in newspapers contributing full page black-and-white illustrations for the Sydney Star (Sun from 1910). 

After a successful career as a commercial artist in Australia, Jardine went to America in 1923 and became famous for his pen-and-ink drawings on scraper-board. Jardine quickly found commercial illustration work for Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The American Legion and Motor Magazine. Jardine also worked in advertising with clients that included Durant Motors Inc., General Motors Corporation and the Packard Motor Car Co., E. R. Squibb & Sons (toothpaste) and York Manufacturing Co. (refrigerators).

Returning to Australia in 1928 Jardine opened a studio and worked primarily freelance until the 1950's where he took up teaching by correspondence with the Art Training Institute in Melbourne. From 1945 to 1959, Jardine in partnership with W.F Paterson created the company Walter Jardine Advertising Service (later Jardine, Paterson & Co). Jardine worked into his retirement designing a set of postage stamps at age 80. Jardine passed away in 1970 at age 96.


These last two illustrations depict Jardine's variations on a similar theme.


Paper Trail

TONIGHT IN MELBOURNE: Sam Wallman's Pen Erases Paper exhibition and book launch.

Sam Orchard tumblr.

Darian Zam's faceboook group History Always Repeats: Remembering New Zealand
dedicated to vintage New Zealand pop culture features many gems of cartooning and commercial art including what I think is an A S Paterson children's book (I don't think that's a Paterson cover) I've never seen before.

Also some classic Marvel comic & gum packs. 

Pepi Ronalds writes about the Caravan of Comics currently traversing Canada and America.

Applications for the 2013 Auckland Zinefest close June 1st.

Robo Squid Inc. present a comic related exhibition in Wellington through late May and June.

Howard Johnson lyrics in comic form on Zen Pencils.

Those crazy kids at Squishface Studios are having another Exhibition in June.

Sarah Laing's Possum - part one, part two, part three.

In the lead up to last weeks Chromacon event in Auckland online magazine Vanguardred conducted some Q and A's with featured exhibitors. Visit the site archives for the all of them, here's a few, Toby Morris, Sophie Oiseau, Matt Emery, Jesca Marisa, and Michel Mulipola.

From last weekend's Chromacon in Auckland, Two elder statesmen of New Zealand comics, Tim Bollinger and Barry Linton.

 Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.