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Friday, May 29, 2015

Artist Signed Postcards: CLARENCE F. UNDERWOOD

Clarence Frederick Underwood was born in Jamestown, New York in 1871.  He studied in Paris at the Art Students League and the Academy of Julian in 1896 then returned to the United States at the beginning of the 1900s to work illustrating books, postcards and magazines including the Saturday Evening Post, McClure's and Harper's.  

Known for his beautiful women, he also portrayed elegant couples as shown in this post.

All these postcards are flat divided back designs.  Some have captions in English.  The image below of parents with a sleeping child has a German caption.

Some of his images show a humorous view of society and romance.  The fellow below is the object of two co-eds' affections, with the caption Who Will Be the Winner?  

Underwood was in great demand during the golden age of postcards, and his popularity remains.  His artwork is still available for purchase today in modern prints of his original designs.  

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