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Cushman Parker
"Beech-Nut Spaghetti"



Cushman Parker

Cushman Parker - (1881-1940)

  This oil on canvas painting by Cushman Parker was created for Beech-Nut Spaghetti. This image of a rosy-cheeked little boy enjoying a bowl of Beech-Nut Spaghetti was used as an ad in an early Saturday Evening Post.

  Little is known concerning the life of Cushman Parker. He was born in 1881. The Saturday Evening Post commissioned Parker to create covers for the September 9, 1916, October 18, 1919, and May 18, 1935 issues. All three covers show great images of young children. He created 18 cover illustrations for Good Housekeeping Magazine between August 1905 and September 1910. Most of these cover images were either a smartly dressed pretty woman (the same model in some cases) or young children. In 1909, Parker created a paper doll line known as "Little Louise", which also appeared in Good Housekeeping Magazine. Between 1909-1915, he created another series of paper dolls, called "Dorothy Dimple and Her Friends". The dolls in this series represented a specific country, each wearing paper clothing representing that country. Parker also created advertising images for Bon Ami Cleaning Powder, Welch's Grape Juice, as well as ads for Beech-Nut products, notably Beech-Nut Peanutbutter, used during the teens and 1920's. Cushman Parker passed away in 1940.




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