On this day, May 3, 1935, illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith began working as a kindergarten teacher. While teaching she also studied art. Her first illustration was published when she was 25 in St. Nicholas magazine. Smith’s memorable illustrations, primarily of children and mothers, graced more than 40 books, advertisements, magazine articles, and magazine covers, including every cover of Good Housekeeping between 1918 and 1932.

Jessie Willcox Smith