Texas Folklife presents "Hand-Painted Envelopes" opening reception
The exhibition "Hand-Painted Envelopes" brings together the work of five Texas envelope artists: Gladys Adler of Bellaire and her daughter, Florene Edmiston O’Neill of San Antonio; Mrs. R.H. Swartz and Lonnie Smith of Houston; and Dr. Charles Martin of Canyon, Texad.
These five Texans were among the best known envelope artists of the 20th Century. Their work in the 1930s and 1940s highlights a folk-art tradition that dates from the 1850s in England when postage stamps and envelopes were first used. Decorating envelopes was a popular pastime before television when one could listen to the radio and draw at the same time.