Laura Levine
Who is F.M. Walts?
posted: April 6, 2008
Have any of you heard of this illustrator? I bought this fantastic silkscreen theater poster today from a fellow who was selling some things out of his barn. It's in terrible condition but I just loved it.

It's a poster for the Theatre Guild's production of The Camel Through the Needle's Eye. He had a few other posters (in much better condition) by the same artist which I may go back and get.

I did a little research and found a Frank Walts, who I suspect is the fellow in question. (Can anyone confirm?). From what I can tell he was a political African-American illustrator who worked in the 1910's and 1920's. Among other things he did covers for W.E.B. Du Bois's publication The Crisis, and designed Anita Loos' personal bookplates!

Anyway, just sharing my weekend find.
1 comment
Donald Kilpatrick April 6, 2008
I can't say that i know who this illustrator is, but thanks Laura for sharing it! It has a very direct honest approach, and i can see why you bought it.