Marjorie L. Cooper was born on the 6th of June, 1910 to William and Edna B. (Weeks) Cooper of West Newton, Massachusetts. She was a student of Wilbur F. Noyes from 1925-1934. In 1935 she studied advertising at Massachusetts Art School, and then studied sculpture at the Copley Society from 1935-1940. From 1934-1958 Marjorie designed greeting cards for Rust Craft in Boston, Massachusetts. Marjorie began illustrating children’s books for Rand McNally publishers in 1942. Many of Marjorie’s book illustrations were published under her pen name “Elizabeth Webbe.” In 1958 Marjorie contracted with Gibson cards.
During much of her career as an artist and illustrator, Marjorie lived in Boston. In 1952 Marjorie bought a cottage on the beach in East Falmouth, Cape Cod. Hurricane Carol, which struck New England at the end of August 1954, caused so much beach erosion that Marjorie was forced to move her house to a new location further away from the shore. At the new location, Marjorie kept beautiful gardens that won her prizes in local competitions.
Although Marjorie never married and had no children of her own, she was always surrounded by family. Next door to her home in East Falmouth lived her mother and sisters. Her niece, Carolyn Adele (Robinson) Tilton, was like a daughter to Marjorie, and Carol’s boys were the inspiration of some of Marjorie’s illustrations. In a newspaper article in the Cape Cod Standard-Times Marjorie is quoted saying:
I couldn’t be happier…. I have my work, a lovely home and am surrounded by loved ones.
(“Noted Greeting Card Artist Finds Cape Cod Home Just What She Wants” Cape Cod Standard-Times Feb. 22, 1963)
Marjorie died on Friday, February 19, 1999.
Marjorie Cooper Meets Rust Craft Executives
Photographs from Marjorie Cooper’s visit to Gibson Cards in Cincinnati, May 1960.
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Photographs from Marjorie Cooper’s visit to Gibson Cards in Cincinnati, October 1962.
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