Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vintage Children's Book Illustrator Jessie Gillespie





I just listed a lovely and hard to find vintage health reader called Just Ten Minutes: A Health Story.  This 1926 school book has gorgeous silhouette style illustrations by Jessie Gillespie.  I have seen Jessie Gillespie's illustrations in The Birds' Christmas Carol (Kate Douglas Wiggin).  I looked for more information, and found that she was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1888 and lived until 1926.  I am still looking for more biographical information on this illustrator, so please add a comment if you have more information.  Thanks!

2 comments:

Valerie said...

I, too, have been looking for biographical information on Ms. Gillespie. I collect Girl Scout books and ephemera, and she was the predominant illlustrator for the Girl Scouts in the late 1910's and 1920's.

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks for the info. That is so interesting that Jessie Gillespie was an illustrator for the Girl Scouts.