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Fridolf Lester Johnson

Fridolf Lester Johnson, American writer, graphic designer. Fridolf Johnson Archives (collection of files on graphic arts, writings) located in State Library., Albany, New York. Recipient Merit award Art Directors Club, 1983.

Background

  • Johnson, Fridolf Lester was born on February 24, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Herman Oscar and Sophia Maria (Hanson) Johnson.

  • Education

    • Student, School Art Institute, 1925.

    Career

    • Art director Frankel-Rose Company, Chicago, 1925-1934. Owner Contempo Art Service, Hollywood, California, 1948-1950, Mermaid Press, New York City, 1958-1988.

    Major achievements

    • Fridolf Johnson Archives (collection of files on graphic arts, writings) located in State Library., Albany, New York.

    Works

    • Executive editor American Artist Magazine, 1962-1970. Free lance designer, calligrapher, writer, book reviewer. Author: 200 Years of American Graphic Art, 1976.

      A Treasury of Bookplates, 1977. A Treasury of Pen and Ink Illustrations 1881-1938, 1982. Author/editor: Rockwell Kent, An Anthology of His Work, 1982, others.

      Contributing author: International Dictionary of Art, 1997.

    Connections

    • Married Heidi Ruth Lenssen, July 19, 1958.
    • father: Herman Oscar Johnson
    • mother: Sophia Maria (Hanson) Johnson
    • spouse: Heidi Ruth Lenssen
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    Born February 24, 1905
    Died July 21, 1988
    (aged 83)
    Nationality
    • 1925
      School Art Institute
    • 1925 - 1934
      Art director, Frankel-Rose Company
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1948 - 1950
      owner Contempo Art Service
      Hollywood, Florida, United States
    • 1958 - 1988
      owner Contempo Art Service

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