A collection of doodles, notes and photos that belonged to Albert Dorne (1904-1965). Included in this personal collection are 65 flower delivery cards sent to his wife, with 47 of those having doodles or drawings on them. Most of these appear to be self-portraits of Dorne, and in many of them, he expresses his love for her. Also included are 21 photos, including snapshots of Dorne and his wife Edna, and some more professional shots. There are five empty envelopes from the flower shops and one envelope (missing its letter0.
Dorne was an American Illustrator and entrepreneur, and was co-founder of the correspondence schools for aspiring artists, photographers, and writers. Dorne was also co-founder of the Code of Ethics and Fair Practices of the Profession of Commercial Art and Illustration.
One of the most in-demand commercial illustrators of his time, Al Dorne founded the Famous Artists School in 1948 with the assistance of Norman Rockwell. Faculty included colleagues Al Park, Austin Briggs, Rube Goldberg, and several others. The Famous Artists School correspondence course influenced generations of artists.
Known for his fine line drawing and emotive use of vivid colored inks, Dorne's work appeared in scores of magazines such as Liberty, Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire and Cosmopolitan. Advertising agencies commissioned his work for Maxwell House, Westinghouse, Imperial Whiskey, Texaco, Pepto-Bismol, Goodyear, General Mills, and dozens of other companies.