Vintage Art Prints we loved at Grandma’s house

Vintage lithographic prints, ads, posters, magazines, books, greeting cards and calendars – I’m in a nostalgic mood, searching for these familiar, iconic images from my childhood.6889_jpg“One of the most famous prints to grace the American scene” — THE LONE WOLF by Victor Kowalski–first appeared in the 1920s. This is the version most baby-boomers grew up with, “usually seen at their grandmother’s or great grandmother’s house hanging over her bed or over the couch in the living room. This scene is one of the first memories from my childhood.” – ExpressArt at

il_570xn-817020406_kd8i Poppies – German artist Max Streckenbach (1865-1936)

pauldetlefsen1_big_moment Paul Detlefsen “The Big Moment”  Gig aka Girard Goodenow (1912 -1984) pity puppies and pity kitties

parrish  36891012_1_x  Maxfield Parrish

Okay, I didn’t see Maxfield Parrish prints at Grandma’s house, but the cottage,the Lone Wolf, the Detlefson, the hayfield with a storm brewing – I’m trying to locate the images and the artists. A certain castle picture eludes me. It was the first thing I saw upon waking in my own bed, until Mom sold it to an antique dealer. I’m certain it was not “Danube at Night” by Elmo Gideon but this is the closest image I have found:


A common practice for artists to do different versions of the same picture for different markets, especially for mass-produced prints like those published by Goes Litho, has people confusing Albrecht (Albert) Schenck (1828-1901) who is credited with’Found‘ also known as ‘Shepherd’s Call‘ – and the W. Hunt ‘Guarisco’ painting, ‘Rescue of a Lost Friend‘ (right) painted and signed by Walter Hunt in 1906 (




Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was born Frederick Parrish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1870 to Elizabeth Bancroft Parrish and Steven Parrish, a noted engraver and painter. He studied architecture at Haverford College, and art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as well as at Drexel Institute, where he audited courses with famed illustrator Howard Pyle (1853–1911). In 1898, Parrish moved to Plainfield, New Hampshire, near Cornish, where he built his home and studio, which he named “The Oaks” after the distinguishing trees on the land. He lived there until his death in 1966.

Parrish’s work appeared in magazines and books since the 1890s and his paintings were distributed as prints as early as 1904. It was between the 1910s and the early 1930s that Parrish created some of his most enduring images, which were disseminated in various forms. His most famous artwork, Daybreak (1922) was a painting that Parrish created specifically to be reproduced as a high-quality color lithograph. Daybreak’s popularity was so great that within just a few years some estimates claimed that 1 in 4 American homes owned a copy of this print.

theredcaboose“The Red Caboose”  Paul Detlefsen  (Oct. 3, 1899 – August1, 1986) was a commercial artist of the mid to late 20th C, associated with the Hollywood Scene. email address for “serious people only”:




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2 Responses to Vintage Art Prints we loved at Grandma’s house

  1. Beth Camp says:

    A lovely post for a cold day! I remember waking up at my Gramie’s house to look at her cabbage rose wallpaper. Luckily most of the paintings she treasured are still in the family, and I have her picture (taken about 1900) on my bedroom dresser — still in the original frame. Thank you for the look back!

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  2. carolkean says:

    Ohh, Beth, you even remember the term – cabbage rose wallpaper – my grandma’s was gray with big white roses. Familiar images from childhood can seize us by the subconscious and impel us to buy odd, even ugly, tacky things, just because they bring us back to that happy time and place that no longer exists. Who lives in Gramie’s house now? I understand people who knock on doors and apologetically ask if they can set foot once again in Grandma’s house, but it’s so strange to see it transformed by new owners. Thanks for sharing the memories Beth and glad you still have some of your treasures!


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