This is some of his magazine work that I know of, which gives a general picture of how he made a living as an illustrator and writer in his
early career. I am always looking for more examples of his work, and often discover things for the first time on eBay, especially when a seller is
good enough to list all the stories and illustrators in a piece of ephemera. I don't necessarily own everything listed below -- eBay is a fickle mistress!
Want to help identify more of his work? Check this list that I extracted from his account books from 1933-1950.
- The World Magazine, Feb. 7, 1926, p. 7: story entitled "The
Charge of the Tiger Shark." with 1 illustration
- New York Herald Tribune, Sunday, March 28, 1926, p. 8: story entitled
"What Volstead Did for a South Sea Isle"
- The World Magazine, April 25, 1926, pp. 8-9: story entitled "Saved
from Cannibals by a Stick of Dynamite" with 1 illustration
- The Literary Digest, May 1, 1926, pp. 60-61: story entitled "In
the Toils of an Octopus"
- The Literary Digest, May 8, 1926, pp. 58-62: story entitled "Ruining
a South Sea Paradise to Flavor Soft Drinks"
- The World Magazine, May 23, 1926, pp. 8-9: story entitled "Cast
Alive into the Molten Heart of a Volcano" with 2 illustrations
- New York Herald Tribune Magazine, Sunday, July 25, 1926, Section VIII,
pp. 1-2: story entitled "American Films in Tropic
- The Danger Trail, November 1926: story entitled "Kai-Make
-- The Sea of Death"
- Liberty Magazine, January 1, 1927: five illustrations to accompany the story entitled "The Accidental Kiss" by Austin Parker
- Smart Set: Stories from Life, July 1928: sketch to accompany "What
Makes Men Fall In Love," George Gene Nathan tells Georgette Carneal
- Love Romances, February 1929 (Vol. 4, No. 2): story head illustrations
- Love Romances, March 1929 (Vol. 4, No. 3): story head illustrations
- St. Nicholas Magazine for Children, August 1930: several
black-and-white illustrations for the story "The Terror of the Deep," by
Victor Berge and Henry Wysham Lanier. (Right)
- St. Nicholas Magazine for Children, September 1930: color cover
illustration. (bottom left)
- Good Housekeeping, May 1931: illustration for the story "Lost Spring," by Elizabeth Benneche Peterson
- Good Housekeeping, June 1931: illustration for the story "The Real Prince Charming," by Francis Parkinson Keyes
- St. Nicholas Magazine for Children, January 1932: illustrations for the
story "Get The Picture!" by Allison Ind
- Boston Post Magazine, February 21, 1932: illustration for the story "Lion on the Lawn: An Adventure Story" by Inez Haynes Irwin
- The Boston Post Sunday Magazine, March 13, 1932: color illustration for
the story "Golf Goddess: A Sports Romance" by Talbert Josselyn
- Good Housekeeping, September 1932: illustration for the
poem "Field of Honor" by Sara Henderson Hay
- Street & Smith's Love Story, Feb. 25, 1933: 2 or 3 illustrations
for "Tempest," a story by John S. Douglas
- The American Girl, March 1933: color cover illustration. (bottom right)
- Good Housekeeping, June 1933: 2 illustrations for the story "Marriage
as it ought to be" by Margaret Weymouth Jackson.
- The American Girl, June 1933: "South
Sea Adventure" with 2 illustrations
- The American Girl, July, August, and September 1933: several
illustrations for the serial "Log of the Altair" by Edith Ballinger
- St. Nicholas Magazine, September 1933: illustrations to accompany the
article "The Greatest Show on Earth"
- All-Story Love Stories, December 2, 1933: illustrations to accompany
the story "Decoy Girl," by Evan Law.
- All-Story Love Stories, February 15, 1936: illustrations to accompany
the story "Shotgun Wedding," by Lynn Ellsworth.
- All-Story Love Stories, August 28, 1937: illustrations to accompany
the serial "Don't call me Darling"
- Story Parade -- A Magazine for Boys and Girls, March 1938, Vol. III, No.
2: full cover illustration (above)
- Child Life, May 1940: illustrations to accompany the story "Redhead and the Yacht Club Kid,"
by Nora Benjamin
- Child Life, May 1941: story entitled "Ghost
of the Lagoon," plus illustrations. [This story would go on to be widely reprinted in anthologies.]
- The American Girl, December 1941: illustration to accompany the
story "Katie's Galapagos Xmas"
- Child Life, February 1942: illustrations to accompany the story "The
Mystery of Skull Island" by Undine Dunn.
- The Horn Book Magazine, May-June 1943: "A
Part of Victory"
- Story Parade -- A Magazine for Boys and Girls, July 1943: black-and-white
illustration for the poem "Ships of Free America" by James S. Tippett.
- Junior Red Cross News, December 1943: story entitled "When the Mail Came Through" with full-color
- Story Parade -- A Magazine for Boys and Girls, January, February, and
March 1951 issues: multiple black-and-white and color illustrations for the 3-part
story "Dollar for Luck" by fellow Newbery Medalist Elizabeth Coatsworth
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