Father of American Pharmacy—William Procter, Jr. PosterU.S.A., 1956
18 x 21 in (46 x 53 cm)
"(1817-1874) William Procter, Jr., operated a pharmacy; taught 20 years in The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy; helped found The American Pharmaceutical Association; served the U.S.P. for 30 years; edited the American Journal of Pharmacy; literally died 'in the harness' in 1874."
Original vintage poster of legendary William Procter, Jr. A portrait that emphasizes the pharmacist's genius: his furrowed brows and pensive stare hint at the great mind at work.
Born in Grand Rapids, Missouri in 1915, Robert Thom is a notable American illustrator. Thom is best-known for his historical scenes, as exemplified in this series of works, A History of Pharmacy in Pictures. This series was commissioned by Parke-Davis Company, a subsidiary of Pfizer, and was printed serially throughout the 50s. The 40 pieces were created in partnership with the Institute for the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin. Thom started his career as a commercial illustrator for Detroit Edison and General Motors in 1939. After six years, Thom left these companies behind and shifted to being an independent artist. Thom began taking commissions for paintings and attracted big-name clientele. An important contributor to American illustration, Thom’s realistic work can be seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame and the White House.
Artist: Robert A. Thom
Printer: Parke, Davis & Company