Digital Commonwealth

National Child Welfare Association

Lawrence Public Library

The posters in this collection were part of the Home and School Series with a subset of Fairy Tale Pictures. In the pamphlet Ten Years Service by the National Child Welfare Association, Inc., 1912-1922, the posters are described as "exquisitely colored in watercolors, so that each is, in effect, an original painting. They are so imaginative and childlike in spirit and so vividly beautiful in color that they form a charming decoration for the schoolroom, kindergarten, children's hospital ward, library or nursery." There were twelve of these posters originally; the Library has eleven, missing the Chicken Little poster.

The illustrator, Elizabeth Tyler, was born in Newton, Massachusetts on October 27, 1892 to Henry W. Tyler, a math professor at MIT, and Alice Irving Brown, an early female graduate of MIT. She attended Mt. Holyoke College (she studied with George Grosz at the Art Students League) and then attended the Normal Art School of Boston. She was the wife of Wallace Wolcott, an architect who worked with McKim, Mead, and White. She illustrated six books: I Spend the Summer, The World to Know, Playing with Clay, The Singing Farmer, Two Children of Tyre, and Akka Dwarf of Syracuse. She created a mural for the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. She won the Book Week Poster Contest for 1949. She died on November 27, 1951, survived by her husband, a son (Roger T. Wolcott of New York), a daughter (Penelope of Scarsdale), and three sisters.