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Born in Bowling Green, Ky., Dorothy Grider quickly recognized her desire to be an artist. Availing herself of opportunities to study at Western Kentucky State Teachers College (Bowling Green, KY) and the Phoenix Art Institute (New York, NY), Grider worked freelance, illustrating posters, sheet music covers, catalogs,and Catholic holy cards. After two years with the U. S. Playing Card Company (Cincinnati, OH), Grider accepted employment with Norcross Greeting Card Company. Encouraged to illustrate children's books, puzzles, workbooks, coloring books, paper dolls, educational films, paint sets, and other projects, Grider is best known as the most popular illustrator of her time for Rand McNally.


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