FOUR TIME MAGAZINE COVERS SIGNED BY ARTIST ERNEST HAMLIN BAKER
Ernest Hamlin Baker (1889-1975) was a well-established illustrator in the mid-20th century. Most of his works were commissioned as magazine covers: over 300 for TIME between the years 1939 and 1956 and eleven for Fortune magazine between the years 1929 and 1941. As a teenager Ernest Hamlin Baker took a fifteen dollar correspondence course in drawing and studied the drawings of the famous nineteenth century American cartoonist Thomas Nast. A local Democratic newspaper in Baker's hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York, offered him a job as a cartoonist during a hotly contested election for county sheriff, paying three dollars a piece. His unflattering cartoons of the incumbents paid off, and the Democrats won the election. After college at Colgate University, Baker was eventually contracted to do a series of covers, portraits and maps for Fortune magazine.
The artist signed covers offered are the following:
1. Procter & Gamble's McElroy, He Duz dishes with a Tide of Joy. Signed "To Sally - with love from Ernest Hamlin Baker - Aug. 20, 1958." Lower left corner fold mark, but otherwise very good condition.
2. June 7, 1954 Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg, A Hollywood mutineer. Signed "To Anne - with love from Ernest Hamlin Baker - Aug. 20, 1958." Center fold mark with tear on right side at fold. Corners have fold marks and in general throughout there are signs of wear.
3. August 23, 1954 Secretary McKay, In field and stream, from parl to power. Signed "To Peggy - with love from Ernest Hamlin Baker - Aug. 20, 1958." Very good condition.
4. December 5, 1955 Baptist President Theodore Adams Signed "To Jane - with love from Ernest Hamlin Baker - Aug. 20, 1958." Very good condition.