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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Railroad & Heritage Museum Explores Automobile Illustrations of Jerome Biederman

A new traveling exhibit at the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum will display the automobile illustrations of artist, Jerome Biederman. This new exhibition will be on view in Temple through March 30th, 2019.


Born in 1913, Jerome Biederman was a nationally recognized illustrator of transportation. Whether his subject was an automobile, aircraft, or locomotive, his renderings were technically accurate and highly detailed. Transportation was his passion and his medium of choice was tempera paint on illustration board.


After graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he entered the advertising world where he did almost everything except illustration. By 1940, he chose to leave the corporate advertising world and return to the creative atmosphere of a studio.


For many years, Biederman’s steadiest assignments and commissions came from calendar companies. His work appeared regularly in Automobile Quarterly, Horseless Carriage Gazette and other magazines. Before Biederman passed away in 1996, he donated many of his illustrations to the Detroit Historical Society’s collection.


This traveling exhibition features 28 colorful and painterly framed renderings of automobiles spanning the years 1903 through 1955. These include many manufacturers that no longer exist, such as Lozier, Paige, Brush, and Scripps-Booth. Each label details the automobile, and even gives the original price and price adjusted for inflation.


The Jerome Biederman Automobile Illustrations exhibit can be viewed with regular admission to the museum, Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is part of the regular schedule of changing exhibits at the museum. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located at 315 W. Avenue B in downtown Temple. For more information about the exhibit or the museum, please visit TempleRRHM.org or call 254-298-5172.

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