|The cover of the newest book featuring the illustrations of Al Parker.|
This is the second fan letter of my long career. It is prompted by your superb illustration on page 34 of the current Ladies' Home Journal. It is simply extraordinary. Your amazing creativeness, taste and versatility. While the rest of us are working knee-deep in a groove you are forever changing and improving. You have brought more freshness, charm and vitality to illustration than any other living illustrator.
Now at last I have said it and I feel much better because I have been believing this for a long, long time.
|Parker's magazine covers were not without humor, but it was usually more subtle without the broad appeal of Rockwell's Post covers.|
|An Al Parker Good Housekeeping cover from May, 1953, akin to what Rockwell was doing at the time but with a cleaner, less cluttered look.|
|Parker's style changed regularly in keeping up with, or even leading, the evolving styles of illustration.|
|Al Parker's swimsuit edition.|
|If the headline didn't have new mothers rolling in the aisles laughing, then the copy (below) would likely elicit gales of laughter.|
"On your very first trip you'll discover there's nothing like a Flagship for mother traveling with a baby. Certainly there's nothing like it on earth for sheer convenience. The trip is so short you can travel light... No need to lug along oodles of clothing and diapers. There's nothing like it at mealtimes either! They're absolute pleasure time with baby's special prepared food served when he wants it . . . how he wants it. But at journey's end--ah that's when you really count your Flagship blessings. For not only will baby be a cheerful cherub (if he isn't already asleep) but you yourself will still feel rested and relaxed. Air travel alone makes this possible." (emphasis mine.)
|Notice the Minimalist qualities |
of Parker's nose, cheek,