Reader’s Digest front and back cover, July 1969 Illustration: “Fireworks on the Fourth” by Dean Ellis Dean Ellis was born in Detroit, Michigan and studied at the Cleveland School of Art and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. He served as an infantryman in the Pacific during WWII and after the war he worked as an illustrator in Cleveland, Ohio while developing a reputation as a painter. He created numerous magazine and book covers (including a series of paintings for Ray Bradbury
Reader’s Digest back cover, September 2006 Illustration: “My Space” by C.F. Payne 2006 was the year that Facebook hit! Millions of teens, to this day, are plugged into their cell phones, computers, and music daily. We love how this image portrays society today even 6 years after it was illustrated.
Reader’s Digest front and back cover, May 1974 Illustration: “Western Pass” by Ren Wicks Wicks (1911-1997) did magazine illustrations for Esquire, Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, Coronet, and Reader’s Digest. He was also a prolific advertising artist, illustrating campaigns for Kotex, Edwards Coffee, and swimwear companies, as well as several calendars for casinos in the 1960s.
Reader’s Digest front and back cover, February 1960 Illustration: “Mountain Pool, Hawaii” by Frank McCarthy Frank McCarthy was a prolific American artist and realist painter renowned for advertisements, magazine artwork, book covers, film posters, and paintings of the American West. He was born in New York City and studied at the Art Students League of New York and then attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He began his art career as a commercial illustrator by opening his
Reader’s Digest front and back cover, February 1950 Illustration by: James Milton Sessions James Milton Sessions (1882-1962) received his initial exposure to art from his mother, who was an accomplished artist. He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1903-1906 and initially supported himself as a wheelsman aboard Great Lakes ships from 1906-1914, later serving in the Illinois Naval Reserve during World War I. He also worked as a commercial illustrator.