Milo Winter was born in Princeton, Illinois, USA, on August 7th, 1888. He studied at Chicago’s ‘School of the Arts Institute’, and published his first illustrated book, “Billy Popgun” in1912.
Winter lived in Chicago until the early 1950s, when he moved to New York City.
Winter’s illustrations for young children are especially vigorous. We reproduce two of these books, “The Three Little Kittens” and “The Three Little Pigs”, at the Laughing Elephant and their popularity is a testament to the timelessness of his appeal.
He also provided illustrations for such popular tales as Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers”, Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”, “The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen”, “Aesop’s Fables” and Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”.
His illustrations covered the whole range of artistic subjects. While Winter was best known for his children’s illustrations, but he also created ‘Muragraphs’ – a series of reproductions of twelve historical paintings that he made for local libraries and schools. This was in response to the burgeoning interest in murals, which occurred in the 1930s. Between 1947 and 1949, he was the art editor of ‘Childcraft Books’, as well as serving as art editor in the film strip division of ‘Silver Burdett Company’. In his personal life, Winter married a noteworthy sculptress, with whom he had a son in 1913. Coming from such an artistic family, their son became an artist as well. Winter died on 15th August 1956, aged sixty-eight.