Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mary and Wallace Stover (ca. 1903-?)

Wallace P. and Mary A. Stover were a husband-and-wife team of illustrators. Both were born in about 1903 in Indiana. Wallace Stover graduated from Elkhart High School in 1921 and received a scholarship to the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He graduated from Herron in 1925 with a diploma after four years of study. Oakley E. Richey (later a teacher at Arsenal Technical High School), Mabel Bott (artist and wife of Earl Wayne Bott), and Josephine Hollingsworth were among the other students in attendance in the early 1920s.

In 1929, Wallace Stover married Mary Alys Polk, also an artist and a teacher in the Franklin, Indiana, schools. He was then living on Long Island and working in New York as a commercial artist and designer of costumes. Not much is otherwise known of the lives of Wallace and Mary Stover. The 1930 census found them living in Queens, New York. Wallace was then working as a magazine illustrator. By the 1940s, the couple were working together, illustrating inexpensive children's books and coloring books in a number of popular series, including the Wizard of Oz, Uncle Wiggily, and Raggedy Ann and Andy. The dates and places of their deaths are unknown.

Revised April 12, 2016.
Text copyright 2012 Terence E. Hanley

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