Jim Flora - part 2


James "Jim" Flora (1914 – 1998), best known for his distinctive and idiosyncratic album cover art for RCA Victor and Columbia Records during the 1940s and 1950s, was also a prolific commercial illustrator from the 1940s to the 1970s and the author/illustrator of 17 popular children's books. Less well known is that he was a fine artist with a diabolical bent, who created hundreds of paintings, drawings, etchings and sketches over his 84-year lifespan.

My thanks go to Irwin Chusid and the heirs of Jim Flora’s estate for allowing me to use these images. Here is Jim Flora’s official website containing lots more information and some merchandise: www.jimflora.com

This is part 2 of a 3-part post on the works of Jim Flora. For biographical notes on Jim Flora, and for earlier works, see part 1.

 1954 Primer for Prophets series  alphabet booklet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1954 Primer for Prophets series  alphabet booklet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1954 Primer for Prophets series  alphabet booklet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1954 Primer for Prophets series  alphabet booklet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1954 Primer for Prophets series  alphabet booklet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


c1954 "Music of the Bonampak Mexican Ballet and Brazilian Songs" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


c1954 Shorty Rogers "Counts the Count" © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1955 "Coming-Out Party" Pete Jolly Trio album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1955 "Hipsters, Flipsters, and Finger-Poppin' Daddies, Knock Me Your Lobes" Lord Buckley album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "Collaboration" Andre Previn and Shorty Rogers album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "Pete Jolly Duo" EP cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel Death and Transfiguration" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.comjpg


1955 "This Is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1955 "The Music of Victor Herbert" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "The Sons of Sauter-Finegan" Sauter-Finegan Orchestra album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "Mambo for Cats" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 The Fabulous Firework Family © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1955 "This Is Benny Goodman and his Orchestra" album cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1956 Collier's Magazine © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1956 "What is Automation," Collier's magazine © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1956 "You and Your Allergy" Collier's Magazine © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1956 Memorable Music From the Movies © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1956 Sauter - Finegan Orchestra "Concert Jazz" © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1957 spot illustration, Electromechanical Design © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1957 Jugglers woodcut relief print © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed inside cover © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed back cover detail © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp 10-11 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp 14-15 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp 16-17 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp24-25 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed p 26 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp 34-35 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1957 The Day the Cow Sneezed pp 38-39 © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1958 Road Rage © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1958 Battle of New Orleans © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1959 Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1960 The Talking Dog and the Barking Man © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1960 Big Evening tempera on paper mounted on masonite © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1960s Charles, Mother Has Come to Stay tempera on paper © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1960s The Big Bank Robbery tempera on board © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com

1960s Little Rock Getaway tempera on Crescent board © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1961 Leopold, the See-Through Crumbpicker © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1963 Back to Bellefontaine tempera on paper © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1964 The Five Spot tempera on paper © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1964 Illustration for Fortune magazine © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com


1965 illustration from A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet  © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1965 illustration from A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1965 illustration from A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1965 illustration from A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com



1965 illustration from A Red Skel(e)ton In Your Closet © The Heirs of James Flora, courtesy JimFlora.com








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