ILLUSTRATIONS GALLERY
INDIANS OF THE WEST

Edward Shenton was born at a time when memories of the wild west were still in people's minds and where the west was still wild. Tribes of native Americans had recently roamed the plains of the contiunent. Boys were fascinated by the lives of the "savages" and were eager to read books about them and see images of their primitive lives. Here are some of his illustrations of Indians of the West and the books in which they appeared.

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AIRPLANES

After World War I, Edward Shenton began writing and drawing scenes of current aircraft begining with the first plane to fly the US mail across the country. As World War II came on he also wrote and illustrated several books that captaured the excitement of these young pilots.

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BOYS

A large number of Edward Shenton's illustrations were for juvenile books popular in the 1930's and 1940's. Many of these were adventure stories of young boys written for young boys.

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NATURE

Edward Shenton lived the greater part of his life in the country and drew from rural and outdoor scenes around his farm in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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TRUCKS AND TRAINS

While Edward Shenton was still in school he bacame extremely interested in racing cars that ran regularly in Rittenhouse Park. Around 1905 to 1910 in Philadelphia he wrote and drew descriptions of these cars. Later he had opportunity to illustrate several books with trucks, trains, and ships.

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WAR SCENES

Shenton served with the 103rd Engineers in the trenches of France during World War I where he drew the men and the battles. He continued his interest in military scenes of World War II: planes, tanks and ships.

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BOOK JACKETS

Ed Shenton was best known for his fine detailed pen and brush and ink book illustrations. Nearly all of these, about 150, had dust jackets that featured the rich colors typical of the period of 1930- 1950.

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