The Life and Works of Charles H. Twelvetrees
Charles Twelvetrees was born in Utica, New York in 1872 and died in New York City in 1948. Early in his career he was a portrait artist but there is no record or photos of his portraiture. He began illustrating postcards around 1905.
Charles was married three times. His first wife committed suicide on Christmas night 1902 after a quarrel; she was 25, he was 29. He married again and had a child, (Clark), in 1905 with his second wife, Rose. His third wife, Vera is known only from census records in the 1940's. There is no mention of family members in his obituary leading to some erroneous speculation regarding his life and career. The New York Times obituary indicated he was 60 when he was actually 15 years older. Charles Twelvetrees son Clark was a mediocre actor and suffered from alcoholism. He survived a six story fall, (jump), from a hotel room in 1927 but died in 1938 when he was knocked down in a street fight. Clark was married for three years to Helen Jurgens who became the internationally known actress Helen Twelvetrees. She divorced Clark in 1930. There’s a lot more behind the stories mentioned here… My book documents the details and shows images from Charles Twelvetrees life and a career that encompassed more than fifty years, at least forty as an illustrator of mischievous children.