Monday, November 13, 2017
The Hallmark Company honored its sales personnel with award plaques. Dick received several throughout his career. Individual Sales Achievement, 5 Million and 3 Million (in sales), Man of the Year in his region 1964, and Professional Salesman of the Month, April 1974.
Several ribbons awarded to Dick.
The Ebell of Los Angeles - May 1984 for (Marine) 1st Place
The Ebell of Los Angeles - March 1985, Oil, "Parada De Autobus", 1st Place
The Ebell of Los Angeles - March 1984, (Marine) 1st Place
The Ebell of Los Angeles - Feb-March 1984 (Genre) 1st Place
PPAA (Pacific Palisades Art Association) - May 7, 1988 Oil, "Honfleur Harbor", 2nd Place
Monday, October 30, 2017
Tony Wons was a radio personality. He read plays and poetry and somehow came to the attention of Hallmark greetings cards. In 1938 they sponsored a program that led in to the early 1940s Tony's Scrap Book. It was popular enough that a book based on the program stayed in print thru 1944. The program featured Tony Wons chatting with listeners, sharing sentiments from Hallmark cards, and ending the program with: "Look on the back for the identifying mark a Hallmark card." The shows were syndicated on CBS.
Through Hallmark, Dick had the opportunity to meet Charlotte Greenwood.
Sponsored by Pepsodent and later Hallmark Cards, The Charlotte Greenwood Show, a situation comedy that ran from 1941 to 1946, was originally a summer stand in for the Bob Hope Show. After enjoying a highly popular summer, the show went on to enjoy five years on the air.
Frances Charlotte Greenwood (June 25, 1890 – December 28, 1977) was an American actress and dancer. Born in Philadelphia, Greenwood started in vaudeville, and starred on Broadway, movies and radio. Standing around six feet tall, she was best known for her long legs and high kicks. She earned the unique praise of being, in her words, the "...only woman in the world who could kick a giraffe in the eye." she ia also known for her role in the movie Oklahoma.
When my mother passed away one of the many sympathy cards that my father received was from a talented painter and contemporary of Dick's, Helen Braunschweiger. Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Indio were favorite locations for both these painters.
While searching through a box of my father's memorabilia I was astonished to find out that he worked for G. H. Packwood Manufacturing Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, prior to working for the Hallmark Co. He was a salesman and as I discovered, a cartoonist/graphic designer.
This is just one of many cartoons that were used for the company's various brochures and advertisements.
This brochure probably dates from the mid to late sixties. Notice the pipe and that he used Richard instead of Dick. His career with the Hallmark was still in full swing. Dick painted in the evenings when ever possible and on weekends as free time allotted.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
A friend from California alerted me that one of my fathers paintings was up for bid on ebay. After a quick search I located it. A desert wash scene somewhere in Indio or Palm Desert, California. Dick often ventured to the desert to paint and occasionally I would accompany him. Oil and canvass, 26x32 including frame.