Palmer Cox

Palmer Cox, a nineteenth-century illustrator, writer, and poet, was the creator of a merry band of Brownies who traveled around the world, learning, having fun, getting into mischief, and doing good works. They took the country by storm, and Cox, a savvy entrepreneur, compiled the stories into a series of books beginning in 1887. They also appeared in advertisements, on board games, and in comics, and they graced the labels and packaging of many a marketing campaign. Kohler Foundation compiled a collection including over 150 books, a large number of advertising items, magazine tear sheets, 125 original sheets of colored Sunday comics, and more than 65 original illustrations. This important collection now resides at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.