Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy birthday, illustrator Anton Fischer

Man Overboard! (1909) by Anton Fischer. Inset: Fischer
It is the birthday of illustrator Anton Fischer (1992), who was an illustrator for The Saturday Evening Post for 48 years and was named artist laureate of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He also illustrated for other magazines, including Everybody’s Magazine, where he illustrated a story by Jack London. Fischer illustrated London’s books as well as the Cappy Ricks series by Peter B. Kyne, the Colin Glencannon series by Guy Gilpatric, and the Tugboat Annie series by Norman Reilly Raine. Fischer was known for his maritime paintings. He was commissioned a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard painted scenes of heroism of the Merchant Marines and Coast Guard.

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