Friday, December 20, 2013

Leota Woy (1867-1962)

Leota Woy was born on July 3, 1867, in New Castle, Indiana, and was in Colorado by 1888, where she attended the University of Colorado. In 1920 she moved to Los Angeles. Leota Woy seems to have devoted herself to the design of bookplates, postcards, and crests. I don't know of any other illustration credits for her, although she also worked in stained glass, embroidery, and needlework. She was a member of art clubs in Denver and southern California. Leota Woy died on January 23, 1962, in Glendale, California, at age ninety-four.

Leota Woy was most well known for her bookplates. This one was for the actor John Gilbert.
Here is a bookplate for Walter Sigfrid Olson. Note the vertical signature on the lower right.
During the picture postcard craze of the early 1900s, Leota Woy was a postcard designer. Her frog series from about 1910 was very popular.
Leota signed some of her designs with her initials encircling her copyright notice.
Leota also created a popular Valentine series of cards. This may have been one of the cards in that series.
This looks like a card from the same series.
Leota's design for a card of the Colorado columbine and the Denver Auditorium Building shows a completely different approach. 

Merry Christmas from
Indiana Illustrators & Hoosier Cartoonists!

Text and captions copyright 2013 Terence E. Hanley


  1. A member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, she also designed its official crest. -- K.A. Kurlander, former Delta Gamma Director-Archives

    1. Dear K.A.,

      Thank you for the additional information.