On this day, May 3, 1935, Jessie Willcox Smith died in Philadelphia, PA. Although Smith began her working life as a kindergarden teacher, while teaching she began studying art with a family member. While studying art she had her first illustration published at the age of 25 in St. Nicholas magazine. Jessie Willcox Smith’s memorable illustrations primarily of children and mothers graced more than forty books; advertisements for such products as Ivory soap and Kodak cameras; hundreds of magazine articles and magazine covers, including every cover of Good Housekeeping between 1918 and 1932.
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