Monday, February 17, 2014

Palmer Cox and the Greenies!

Palmer Cox (April 28, 1840 – July 24, 1924) was a Canadian illustrator and author. His cartoon creations, The Brownies, mischievous but kindhearted fairy-like sprites were published in several books and were known throughout the world in the late 19th century/early 20th century. Due to the popularity of the series, one of the first handheld cameras was named after them, the Eastman Kodak Brownie camera. "While largely forgotten today, Cox was a beloved household name for children in the 1880s through the early 1900s. The Brownies were the first cartoon figures to be used in mass merchandising, later influencing Beatrix Potter and Walt Disney, among others."

Do you know Palmer Cox has a special connection to the City of Woodbury? In 1889 Woodbury's own G.G. Green, ever forward-thinking, was not content with merely using the popular Brownies in his advertisements and publications but instead commissioned Cox to create a new brand of pixie for his August Flower Almanac. As a result, the Greenies were born! Having appeared in both the 1890 issue of the almanac and a special Wit and Wisdom issue, the Greenies are a wonderful time piece, once again linking Woodbury, NJ with world-renowned artistic talent. Enjoy some of the more prominent illustrations below and take note of familiar Woodbury locales drawn into some scenes! As always, click for LARGER.

Notice Green's Cooper St. Mansion and Lake


Notice: Green's Green Ave. Lab Building
Notice: Green's Laboratory and existing railroad