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Reader’s Digest back cover, August 2004
Illustration: “Stick Figures” by C.F. Payne

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Reader’s Digest back cover, August 2004

Illustration: “Stick Figures” by C.F. Payne

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Reader’s Digest back cover, April 2004
Illustration: “Earth Day” by C.F. Payne

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Reader’s Digest back cover, April 2004

Illustration: “Earth Day” by C.F. Payne

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, December 1960
Illustration: “Toys of Yesteryear” by Homer Hill
Hill (1917-1968) was an illustrator, commercial artist, designer and painter. He lived in New Providence, New Jersey and spent much of his career time in New York City where he took classes at the Parson School of Design and worked as an illustrator.Among his clients were Good Housekeeping, Herald Tribune, Today’s Living, Sports Afield, Woman’s Home Companion, Woman’s Day, McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, and other national magazines. He also worked as an advertising artist at Shell Oil Company.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, December 1960

Illustration: “Toys of Yesteryear” by Homer Hill

Hill (1917-1968) was an illustrator, commercial artist, designer and painter. He lived in New Providence, New Jersey and spent much of his career time in New York City where he took classes at the Parson School of Design and worked as an illustrator.

Among his clients were Good Housekeeping, Herald Tribune, Today’s Living, Sports Afield, Woman’s Home Companion, Woman’s Day, McCall’s, Ladies Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, and other national magazines. He also worked as an advertising artist at Shell Oil Company.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, January 1956
Illustration: “Dawn, 1956” by Allen Saalburg
Saalburg (1899-1987) worked extensively in magazine illustration and in advertising. He also did mural painting, including WPA mural activity in New York in 1930s.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, January 1956

Illustration: “Dawn, 1956” by Allen Saalburg

Saalburg (1899-1987) worked extensively in magazine illustration and in advertising. He also did mural painting, including WPA mural activity in New York in 1930s.

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Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, 1966

Illustrations: Neil Boyle (1931-2006) 

Boyle was widely known for his vibrant impressionist oil paintings. After teaching for fifteen years at the California Art Institute in Westlake Village, CA Neil decided it was time for a change. So he and his wife, Betty, moved to Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada.

Find out more about Boyle and his illustrations at Today’s Inspiration.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, May 1966
Illustration: “Ponies of the Deep” by Andre Durenceau
Andre Maurice Durenceau (1904-1985) was a French-born U.S. citizen who was a painter and muralist. He designed textiles for the United Piece Dye Works in Manhattan. At this job he met Mrs. Kay Kaplan, also a designer. In Hollywood, he was given a job as color adviser to Technicolor Inc. Mrs. Kaplan also went to Hollywood (she was persuaded by Durenceau she would be a more successful manager than artist). Her first job as manager was to get commissions to decorate Hollywood homes. He painted murals of horses and gazelles for William Haines, a mural for Leila Hyams, decorated pianos for Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, Lilyan Tashman. He even illustrated Oscar Wilde’s Selfish Giant and an Anthology of Immoral Poems for the Walpole Press.
One Sunday, he decided to sculpt. He lacked materials, but that didn’t stop him. He made a statue from coat hangers, the hinges of an ironing board, and some mud. His ambition was to give California an open-air windowless architecture.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, May 1966

Illustration: “Ponies of the Deep” by Andre Durenceau

Andre Maurice Durenceau (1904-1985) was a French-born U.S. citizen who was a painter and muralist. He designed textiles for the United Piece Dye Works in Manhattan. At this job he met Mrs. Kay Kaplan, also a designer. In Hollywood, he was given a job as color adviser to Technicolor Inc. Mrs. Kaplan also went to Hollywood (she was persuaded by Durenceau she would be a more successful manager than artist). Her first job as manager was to get commissions to decorate Hollywood homes. He painted murals of horses and gazelles for William Haines, a mural for Leila Hyams, decorated pianos for Joan Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, Lilyan Tashman. He even illustrated Oscar Wilde’s Selfish Giant and an Anthology of Immoral Poems for the Walpole Press.

One Sunday, he decided to sculpt. He lacked materials, but that didn’t stop him. He made a statue from coat hangers, the hinges of an ironing board, and some mud. His ambition was to give California an open-air windowless architecture.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, August 1960
Cover design by: Walter Murch
Murch (1907-1967) was a painter whose still life paintings of machine parts, brick fragments, clocks, broken dolls, hovering light bulbs and glowing lemons are an unusual combination of realism as well as abstraction. His style of painting objects is as though they are being seen through frosted glass!

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, August 1960

Cover design by: Walter Murch

Murch (1907-1967) was a painter whose still life paintings of machine parts, brick fragments, clocks, broken dolls, hovering light bulbs and glowing lemons are an unusual combination of realism as well as abstraction. His style of painting objects is as though they are being seen through frosted glass!

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, June 1970
Illustration: “Garden Bouquet” by Betty Bowes
Bowes (1911-2007) was an award winning member of the National Academy and American Watercolor Society as well as other prestigious organizations. She is best known for her colorful semi-abstract acrylics of sailing races, Classical Roman and Greek themes and Pennsylvania farms scenes.

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, June 1970

Illustration: “Garden Bouquet” by Betty Bowes

Bowes (1911-2007) was an award winning member of the National Academy and American Watercolor Society as well as other prestigious organizations. She is best known for her colorful semi-abstract acrylics of sailing races, Classical Roman and Greek themes and Pennsylvania farms scenes.

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Reader’s Digest back cover, January 2006
Illustration: “Morning Walk” by C.F. Payne
Good morning Reader’s Digest readers!

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Reader’s Digest back cover, January 2006

Illustration: “Morning Walk” by C.F. Payne

Good morning Reader’s Digest readers!

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, July 1958

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Reader’s Digest front and back cover, July 1958