Truman Toland Christmas Cards

My grandfather died this fall. He was 89.

Though he was an exceptional artist, he mostly kept his work to himself. You can see some of his sketches here and here.

While emptying out his Cincinnati home, my parents found a collection of Christmas cards that he had made, one each year, from 1948 to 2008.

I think they say a lot about the years he drew them. I also think they’re pretty cool.

Always a tinkerer, he was part of the first wave of artists to use computers (Amigas, in his case) for drawing.

Here are some highlights. Follow this link to see them all.

Enjoy. And Merry Christmas.

1952

This was the year Uncle Robert was born. His birth weight slickly noted on the card.

1952

1954

The 50’s…

1954

1955

1955

1958

1958 Outside

1960

Pretty bad-ass hand-lettering.

1960

1969

1969 Outside

1970

1970

1978

1978

1982

Computers.

1982

1985

Computers!!!

1985

1987

Pixel art before it was cool.

1987 Outside

1991

One continuous unbroken line (other than the T and M).

1991

2008

And a beautifully detailed illustration at 87 years old.

2008

posted Saturday, December 24, 2011