menu About Posters American Events Designed to Sell Advice to Americans Patriotic Persuasion Index of Posters
crop mark crop mark
Go Back Go Forward
crop mark crop mark
14 of 31

Maxfield Parrish (1870–1966)
The Adlake Camera, 1897
color lithograph
27.9 x 43.1 cm (11 x 17 in.)
Alan and Lois Fern

Around the turn of the century, Parrish designed posters, illustrated books, and worked increasingly for major companies like Adlake Cameras. Here he presents the camera with both its subject and its user comfortably seated and at ease with the equipment. Although early forms of photography were announced and patented in the 1830s, box cameras like the one shown here were quite new in 1897.

Detail 1
Detail 2




| American Events | Designed to Sell |
| Advice to Americans | Patriotic Persuasion | Image Index |



detail

Back to the top


detail

Back to the top




Biography of Maxfield Parrish

Maxfield Parrish was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in his native city of Philadelphia. He also studied with the renowned illustrator Howard Pyle, who was an important influence on his work. Trained as both a painter and an illustrator, Parrish became one of the East Coast's preeminent poster designers in the 1890s. In 1896 his design was awarded first place from a pool of 525 entries in the competition for the Pope Bicycle poster, and from then on, he was one of America's most frequently reproduced and prolific artists. Like so many of his contemporaries, Parrish designed posters for many book publishers. He was also successful in executing commercial commissions for such products as Colgate soap.

Back to the top