Walter DuBois Richards: Commercial Illustrator, Artist

Wally Posing

This Blog is intended simply to describe the lifelong career of my grandfather, Walter DuBois Richards. It is a personal journey to discover and record his accomplishments as a Commercial Artist. Throughout his nearly century-long life and the seven decades his career expanded, he was affectionately known as Wally. His first published works as an Illustrator can be traced back as early as the mid 1920’s in Rocky River, Ohio, when he wasn’t yet 20 years of age. They were something akin to doodles throughout the pages of his High School Senior Yearbook. As far as I know, his last published work as an artist was in 1987 for a Historic Preservation stamp of Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Wally Working On Cadillac Illustration

My desire to create this blog exists because of the unfortunate fact that relatively little is known about his career, even by his own surviving family.  My goal is to research his life’s work with the limited resources I have available, and post what I learn from one week into the next.  On one hand, this blog is a way to record and articulate what I have found, on the other, this blog is a self-disciplinary action, a means to keep me moving, and find satisfaction in sharing what I have learned to any of you who want to know.  Thank you for visiting this blog.

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