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Joseph Pearson Talented Mid century Illustrator.

August 1, 2012

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog will remember that I’ve featured the work of Joseph Pearson before. I first came across his work in Betty Crocker’s New Picture book and mentioned him in a post here. A brief recap will reveal that very little is known about this talented artist. I even contacted the Betty Crocker Corp too, but even they couldn’t shed any more background information. One reader from the last blog post told me about another book Joe was involved with called ‘ The Southern and Southwestern Cookbook ‘. I found one illustration here, if anyone has a copy of this book and could provide me with some decent scans of the illustrations in this book, please let me know. He is also linked to two old school books called The New People and Progress and More People and Progress
© 1955 by Scott, Foresman and Company

More of Joe’s inspirational work below.

There is a ‘Charley Harper feeling’ to Joseph’s work. He demonstrates flair and confidence and creates charm  and warmth in all of his illustrated situations.

If anyone has any information about this artist or indeed anymore of Joe’s images that we could share on here, please let me know.

I may have enough images from the Betty Crocker book to do one more post about Joe’s work. Such a talented guy.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Peggy gacke permalink
    May 16, 2016 8:20 pm

    I, too love these illustrations! I’m a cookbook collector and was a graphic designer for 36 yrs. I came across the Betty Crocker book at a second hand bookstore. I like using it not only for the recipes, but so I can see these wonderful works of art. Have not been able to get any info about Joseph Pearson he certainly was a very talented man. Nice that you scanned them, I was going to do that myself. I’ll see if I can find a copy of that Southern cookbook somewhere and share.

    • May 19, 2016 8:09 am

      Hi Peggy. Thanks for your comment. All the info on Joe Pearson I’ve gathered is on my blog if you put his name into the search box on the right hand side you may find more. I was contacted by a relative, who tried to put me in touch with his direct family but nothing happened. Wonderful work indeed : )

      • pgacke . permalink
        May 19, 2016 9:20 pm

        I found that southern cookbook he illustrated on eBay and will be receiving it next week. I can scan the illustrations for you. Do you want me to send them to this email?

      • May 19, 2016 9:31 pm

        Wow Peggy you’re a fast worker indeed : ) That would be tremendously helpful Thank you so much for doing that. We can make Joe Pearson come to life once more Yay : )

  2. Peggy gacke permalink
    May 19, 2016 10:18 pm

    Such largely unrecognized talent. Maybe his family will share some more details of his life for us,

  3. C. Andrew Sarkany permalink
    October 1, 2017 9:01 pm

    I had the good fortune to live directly across the street form Joe Pearson on Juniper Road, Glenview, Illinois, whom I talked to occasionally. He had a three wheeler mini car from England. When he and his wife moved to North Carolina, he had quite a few of his painting/ drawings ff classic cars, Chicago restaurants and a few stone carvings or castings. He tried to sell them at a garage sale, but no takers. He was going to get rid of them after the sale, and I asked for them and he gave them to me, which I still have in my possession, as of Oct. 1, 2017

    • October 2, 2017 8:32 am

      Hi there, what a great memory. Would you consider taking some digital photos of them and I’ll gladly share them on my blog with my readers. We love Joe’s work and some of his family follow my blog too. Thanks for getting in touch, you can send the images to craig @, looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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