Busy busy! Now where did we leave off? Oh yes good old James Cash Penney. Here are some of the final illustrations for the story of his life, written by Jason Offut and published by Truman State University Press.
This Illustration of A.T. Still shows him dressing the wound of an injured soldier at a Civil War field hospital. This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book an Andrew Taylor Still, published by Truman State University Press.
Here is the first illustration for the Notable Missourian book on AT (Andrew Taylor) Still. He founded the school of Osteopathy. What is Osteopathy? Well this question illustrates why I like these Notable Missourian books so much...I learn from them! I've always wondered what it meant when a doctor has DO by his or her name instead of MD. Now I know It stands for Doctor of Osteopathy. I'm pretty sure a lot of you are saying "No shit", but I had no idea. Anyways this first illustration shows AT Still as a child with his family watching his dad return a trip. His dad was a traveling preacher.
The Notable Missourian series is published by Truman State University Press.
Here are some rough sketch examples for the Notable Missourian book on A.T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy. The Notable Missourian series is published by Truman State University Press.
This illustration for the Notable Missourian book on Ella Ewing (Truman State University Press) shows the Missouri giantess Ella Ewing as an attraction at a state fair.
Here's the Chapter 4 illustration for the Notable Missourian book on Buck O'Neil.
While Buck was serving in the Pacific he got the news about Jackie Robinson getting signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Black players finally being "welcomed" into the major leagues was a big deal; it also meant the inevitable death of the Negro League which had become a celebrated contributor to black culture. Still, Buck and most of the country was thrilled. Finally, the best could play with the best.
This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book on Buck O'Neil, published by Truman State University Press.
Here's another illustration for the Notable Missourian book on Buck O'Neil (Truman State University Press). This one shows Buck playing 1st base for the Kansas City Monarchs during the Negro League World Series against the Homestead Grays.
This illustration is for chapter 2 of the Notable Missourian book on Buck O'Neil by Truman State University Press. Many early Negro League teams would "barnstorm" small towns to play baseball against local company teams or other Negro League teams. The towns loved this because they weren't often able to watch high caliber major league players, and in every sense the negro league players were exactly that. It is still commonly believed that some of the best players to ever play baseball were likely in the negro leagues.
Anywho I'm on a tangent! I've been on a Ken Burns kick and am smack in the middle of the Baseball series which dovetails nicely with this book about Buck O'Neil. This illustration shows Buck and a bunch of his teammates driving to the next small Florida town where they have a game scheduled. If one of the cars would break down, the guys would have to all cram into a single car to make it to their destination. Some of the guys would even stand on the running boards and ride on the outside of the car! Now that's dedication.
Here's some more Notable Missourian artwork for a book on baseball legend Buck O'Neil (published by Truman State University Press). This illustration shows young Buck and some friends watching a baseball game through a fence.
Here's the art for the 2nd chapter of the Notable Missourian book (Truman State University Press) on William Clark.
Okay, I know animated GIFs can be annoying but what the hell. Here is one that gives an idea of the process and edits that go into some of these Notable Missourian illustrations. This illustration is for the book on William Clark (Published by Truman State University Press). Here a young Clark is shown hunting with his slave and contemporary, York. York would later accompany Clark on his trip across the continent to explore the Louisiana Purchase and search for a Northwest Passage.
This illustration is for the Notable MIssourian book on Albert Bond Lambert by Christopher Lynch and published by Truman State University Press.
Albert Bond Lambert was one of the first investors to help Charles Lindbergh finance his famous aircraft, The Spirit of St Louis. By investing early and investing a lot, Lambert made it easier for Lindbergh to attract other investors as well. Its old hat nowadays but back then LIndbergh's attempt at a non-stop solo flight across the atlantic - something that had never been done - was akin to a moonshot.
Here are the first two illustrations for the Notable Missourian book on Albert Bond Lambert. The Notable Missourian books are published by Truman State University Press. This book (on Albert Bond Lambert) was written by Christopher Lynch.
Albert Bond Lambert was an Olympic golfer, an adventurer, and perhaps most importantly a strong supporter and benefactor to early aviation. Here are the first two chapter header illustrations showing young Albert, One shows him as a young golfer (He was on the U.S. olympic team) and the other shows Albert riding through France on an early motorcycle. Albert loved motorcylces, but that love was soon replaced by aviation.
This is the chapter 3 art for the Notable Missourian book (Truman State University Press) on Jeffery Deroine. Here Jeffery is shown witnessing a treaty between the Ioway nation and the U.S. federal government.
This was my favorite Notable Missourian book to illustrate out of the 2015 series. Jeffrey Deroine was a fascinating guy. Born a slave, Jeffrey had a natural gift for language. As a teen he was owned by a fur trapper who used Jeffrey's communication skills to negotiate trades with native peoples such as the Ioway tribe. Starting with simple exchanges such as these, Jeffrey and the Ioway would form a strong friendship. A friendship that would ultimately help Jeffrey to become a free man, travel the world, and own property - very rare things for a former slave during the early 19th century.
This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book on Jeffrey Deroine, published by Truman State University Press.
This is the Chapter 2 illustration for Notable Missourian Alphonso Wetmore. Its a bit busy, but as my editor said, "War is busy". I think I might be paraphrasing that badly, but still it seems accurate.
Anyways the subject of this is the The Battle of Queenston Heights, a pivotal battle in the War of 1812.
The Notable Missourian book about Alphonso Wetmore written by Mary Barile and published by Truman State University Press.
Alphonso is another Notable Missourian to be featured in the Truman State University Press series by the same name (Notable Missourians). This book was written by Mary Barile.
Alphonso was a veteran of the war of 1812, a leader of expeditions on the Santa Fe Trail and an all around adventurer. Even better, he was a good story teller too. I suppose one has to live up to a name like Alphonso. I can't even imagine anybody named Alphonso being a couch potato. Heck, when naming my kids, I kind of wish I would've thought about the name Alphonso. Alphonso Hare. Yeah, lucky for them that never crossed my mind.
This illustration shows young Alphonso studying hard in his families cabin. Alphonso was smart and curious even at a young age.
Here is another illustration for Truman State University Press book on Notable Missourian Maria Meyer Fower (Written by Christine Montgomery). Here she is shown climbing out onto the wing of her JN-4 Jenny. A common thing for her, but this time was different. They were flying through downtown St Louis on a particularly gusty day while attempting to whip up crowds for a show. The intense wind made it harrowing enough that the pilot cut it short and returned to the open air in short order.
I made that word up. Its kind of a cool word methinks, but I suspect anything made feminine by adding "stress" to the end is understandably pejorative. I mean you're adding the word stress to something to a title to denote its a woman! Sheesh. All that said, if there's one word I think could easily have stress woven in to it its barnstormer. Hmmm Is that one word or two? Anyways, ironically I don't think stress was part of Marie Meyer Fowers vocabulary when it came to anything flight related, it was her love and she was incredible at it. Here is an illustration of her after jumping from another JN-4 Jenny while impressing a gathered crowd.
This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book on Marie Meyer Fower written by Christine Montgomery and published by Truman State University Press.