If you haven't figured it out by now, I really love propaganda posters. Especially those from World War I. But my absolute favorite poster artist is one no one seems to know anything about.
Which of these beautiful posters is your favorite?
And if anyone happens to find anything on Carter Housh (or his printer, George P. Thomas of New York), please send me the info!
Update - more about Carter Housh!
Carter Housh was my mother's father. He was married to Rae (Arnold) Housh Enright. He died when my mother, Barbara Belle (Housh) Gibson, was 13. He left due to illness and went out to South Dakota where he died. He also had a son, David Paine Housh, my mother's younger brother. His wife, Rae, remarried another artist, a political cartoonist and author of children's books, Walter J. Enright. I do not have much information on Carter otherwise, sadly, nor do I have a good picture of him (so far.)
I did do a little more digging to see what else I could find and I did find a few more references, although fewer than you might expect. In 1910 he appeared to work as an illustrator for the Sunday edition of the Buffalo Times based out of Buffalo, New York.
The Art Alliance of America and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, 10 East Forty-seventh Street, are holding an exhibition of containers and labels consisting of boxes, bottles, cans and other containers in which manufactured products are enclosed for distribution; also the decorative labels used upon containers. Many bright and original sketches are show. Among those who have been fortunate in selling their designs are Rolf Stoll, A. L. Bairnsfather, Carter Housh, and Helen K. Bromm. The exhibition will continue throughout the month.
- New York Tribune, April 15, 1918.
Carter Housh, Poster Artist, Dies in West
Carter Housh, well known poster artist of New York and one of the pioneers in his field of illustrating, died Monday in Custer, S.D., where he went more than a year ago in an effort to regain his health. He was 40 years of age and is survived by his wife, the former Miss Rae Arnold, and a son and daughter, all of Port Washington, L.I.
Mr. Housh came to New York in 1909 from Illinois and his bold original style of poster and illustration work won him almost immediate recognition. He was for years a member of the Associtation of Illustrators and the Guild of Free Lance Artists.
- New York Sun, May 16, 1928
Carter Housh Dead
Well-Known New York Artist Falls to Regain Health in Northwest.
Carter Housh, a well known illustrator and poster artist of New York, died on Monday in Custer, S.D., where he had gone last year in an attempt to regain his health. He was in his forty-first year.
Mr. Housh came here from Illinois in 1919 [typo, obviously] and gained immediate recognition for his work. He was one of the pioneers in the field of poster illustration. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and the Guild of Free Lance Artists.
- New York Times, May 16, 1928
If anyone finds any more breadcrumbs, send them my way and I'll update again!