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Oliver Herford
(1863 - 1935)

British born (but American), a humorist writer, illustrator, who is as well known for his poems and quotes as for his artwork for books and slicks. For the latter, a long run in both the Mentor (Jill and Tobey) and Ladies' Home Journal. Usually signed his art "OHerford." Nicknamed "The American Oscar Wilde."

A few quotes:

"There is no time like the pleasant."

"Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure."

"The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven't seen the joke yet."

“A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's. She changes it more often.”

“Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.”

“Many are called but few get up.”

“Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.”

Ink and Pencil (19??) Herford - 001A

St. Nicholas, "Indignant" (1917) Herford - 002

The Devil Among The Ladies (1911) Herford - 003

Ladies' Home Journal, "Jack Frost" (1926) Herford - 004

Ladies' Home Journal, "Awakening" (1927) Herford - 005

Mentor, "Jill And Toby" (1930) Herford - 006

Ladies' Home Journal, "The Snowman's Christmas" (1924) Herford - 007


Why and Wherefore set out one day
To hunt for a wild Negation.
They agreed to meet at a cool retreat
On the Point of Interrogation.

But the night was dark and they missed their mark,
And, driven well-nigh to distraction,
They lost their ways in a murky maze
Of utter abstruse abstraction.

Then they took a boat and were soon afloat
On a sea of Speculation,
But the sea grew rough, and their boat, though tough,
Was split into an Equation.

As they floundered about in the waves of doubt
Rose a fearful Hypothesis,
Who gibbered with glee as they sank in the sea,
And the last they saw was this:

On a rock-bound reef of Unbelief
There sat the wild Negation;
Then they sank once more and were washed ashore
At the Point of Interrogation.

Life, "Mam'selle Printemps" (1919) Herford - 008