Frank Leyendecker Nice Buns Wheel of Progress Fridge Magnet

Fridge magnet pictures Wheel of Progress illustration by Frank Leyendecker
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Product Code: 0948
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Refrigerator magnet features an illustration, "Wheel of Progress" by Francis "Frank" Xavier Leyendecker (1877-1924).  Two Herculean nude male figures, Strength and Service, turn a giant ship wheel to steer the Progress ship. 

The illustration was commissioned by Chevrolet Review magazine for the cover of the January, 1922 issue.  Inaccurate information about Chevrolet Review has propagated on the web, stating that Leyendecker's illustration appeared on the premier and only issue.  Nope.  The magazine was published from February, 1920 to April, 1924.  It was a small-format magazine for car enthusiasts, published in Detroit, and consisted of 16-20 pages.   The publisher paid $1 for average photos of cars and $2 for exceptionally artistic photos.  The June, 1922 issue cover featured a Maxfield Parrish illustration of the royal gorge of the Colorado River.

Frank Leyendecker was the younger, less famous, much less prolific, morphine-addicted and depressed brother of Joseph Leyendecker (1874-1951).   In the 20-year career before an early death, suspected to have been caused by suicide, Frank produced a dozen or so book and magazine illustrations and gained a name as a stained glass designer.

The Lyendecker brothers maintained studios in Chicago, Manhattan and New Rochelle, NY.  A dispute separated the pair a year before Frank's death. 

Pulpartists.com displays several of Frank's works and offers more details about his life.

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