1950-1960 Postwar Prosperities: Coby Whitmore

Maxwell Coburn Whitmore, better known as Coby Whitmore, was an American illustrator known for his Saturday Evening Post covers, and commercial artist whose work included advertisements for Gallo Wine and other national brands. He additionally became known as a race-car designer.

Coby Whitmore

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he studied at the Dayton Art Institute and honed his skills as an apprentice to illustrator Haddon Sundblom in Chicago before joining the Charles E. Cooper Studio in New York. Soon after, a steady stream of assignments for Ladies’ Home JournalMcCall’sRedbookCosmopolitan, and other women’s magazines brought him public acclaim.

Whitmore illustration for the March 28, 1953, issue of The Saturday Evening Post

Sophisticated, with imaginative compositions, brilliant use of color, superb draftsmanship, and good taste, his pictures represented the “Good Life” in the post-war U.S. They are nearly all most notable for their glamorous women–the ideal of American youth, sophistication and beauty. 

The ladies are feisty, independent, know their own minds…the product of the new found weath and leisure of America in the 1950s and 60s.




1950-1960 Postwar Prosperities: Coby Whitmore

One thought on “1950-1960 Postwar Prosperities: Coby Whitmore

  1. Jeff Burgess says:

    Pretty good post on Coby Whitmore. A great talent! Only thing I will add is that you are behind in postings here. You still need to post on lecture #2 and you should be up to at least number 6 by now. Also be careful of spelling mistakes, ophisticated where you mean to say sophisticated.


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