Hey y’all! Before I go into much detail on these super neat estate sale finds, I want to give a short backstory on the illustrator.
Ruth Eleanor Newton, an American illustrator born in 1884, studied art in her high school years and obtained a scholarship to the Philadelphia School of Fine Art in 1902. In 1906 Newton won a prize for best illustrations which led her to her first book, The Old Schloss. Later, after she finished her study in Philadelphia, Newton became a free-lance artist based in Boston and produced greeting cards for companies like the Rust-Craft Corporation and advertisements for the Ivory Soap Company and more. Later on, she established her studio in New York City and spent the next thirty-eight years illustrating and designing. In the 1920s, Newton was offered a contract to illustrate children’s books by the Whitman Publishing Company. For the next twenty years, she illustrated over 40 titles for Whitman, some of which were The Night Before Christmas, Peter Rabbit, Kittens and Puppies, and Mother Goose. Newton continued to produce art until she retired in 1968. Only a year after her retirement, she took a bad fall and required full-time nursing care. She lived the rest of her years in the Rondale Nursing Home and died on May 27th, 1972.
Now to talk about these cute cute pieces. Each page is double sided, and three of the four have Ruth E. Newton’s signature. I believe some of these, if not all, were taken out of the children’s book, Mother Goose. The page pictured below has Mary and her little lamb one side, and Georgie Porgie on the other.
One side of this next page is for the nursery rhyme Ding Dong Bell and the other side is for Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling, My Son John.
These last two pages I’m unsure of the nursery rhyme behind them, but if you know or have any ideas I would LOVE to hear them in the comments!
Aren’t these pieces so cool? If you find any neat estate sale finds I would love love love to hear about them! Thanks for reading!