Schmucker, Samuel L.

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Schmucker, Samuel L. Gender: M
Samuel Lorne Schmucker
born on 20 February 1879 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Reading, Pennsylvania, 40n20, 75w56
Timezone LMT m75w56 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°31' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 23°52 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 04°48'


American visual artist, recognized as the best American postcard artist from the Golden Age of postcards, circa 1898-1915. He is best known as the creator of the "Schmucker Girl" published by the Detroit Publishing Company (DPC), 1907, and the "Winsch Girl" published by the John Winsch Publishing Company (Winsch), circa 1909-1915.

He overcame polio in childhood which partially paralysed his right (dominant) arm. He learnt to hold his brushes or pencils in a claw-like grip between his second and index fingers.

He died unexpectedly of heart failure on 4 September 1921 at age 42 at Southold, Long Island.

An illustrated biography, Samuel L. Schmucker: The Discovery of His Lost Art, by Jack Davis and Dorothy Ryan, was published in 2001.


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Samuel L. Schmucker: The Discovery of His Lost Art by Jack Davis and Dorothy Ryan (Olde America Antiques, 2001), page 149: "Samuel Lorne Schmucker was born at 7 A.M. February 20, 1879, at 35 South Fifth Street in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania."


  • Traits : Body : Handedness (Right)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Fatal)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Polio
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Handicapped
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart failure)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist