The Superb Automotive Illustrations of Harry Anderson – Before Fitzpatrick and Kaufman

Automotive illustrations were of course very common, with the last great exponents being Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman, who carried on doing Pontiac and Opel illustrations right up into the early ’70s. Back in the 1930s, perhaps the greatest automotive illustrator was Harry Anderson, whose work was often commissioned for calendars given out by oil companies and such, and not by the manufacturers.

Here’s a gallery of some of his standouts. This first one, of a 1932 Lincoln KB caught my eye, as it’s in a setting that’s familiar to me:

It is of course Bodie State Historic Park, one of the best preserved (mostly) abandoned mining towns in California.


1930 Ruxton in unidentified location


1933 Packard Sport Phaeton in Yosemite


1940 Buick Century at the White House


1907 Ford Model K at unidentified location

1926 Jordan Playboy somewhere west of Laramie, obviously


1934 Chrysler Airflow Sedan in St. Augustine, FL


1929 Franklin Sport Touring in unidentified location


1928 Falcon-Knight Rumble Seat Roadster at the Capitol


1933 Marmon V16 Coupe at Mt. Vernon, VA


1932 Chevrolet Sport Roadster at unidentified location


1931 Pierce-Arrow Custom Club Sedan in New York


1933 Pierce Silver Arrow at the Maryland State House in Annapolis


Duesenberg JN at Mt. Rushmore


Cord 812 Convertible Coupe in unidentified location


1935 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster in unidentified location. Savannah?


1931 Ford Model A DeLuxe Sedan in unidentified location


1947 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible at Mystic Seaport, CT


1936 Lincoln-Zephyr Sedan at a familiar spot on the Oregon Coast

Here’s the same vista

1938 Hudson Eight Convertible Coupe in front of what looks like a familiar mountain, almost certainly in CA, but I can’t quite put my finger on it right now


1941 Lincoln Continental Convertible at Old North Church and Paul Revere Statue in Boston, MA