Belle of Louisville Illustrations
See also, Belle of Louisville Photos

Race Belle vs DQ color slide PPS7 HALF size for NORI exp

Scanned from a color slide of a race between the DELTA QUEEN (in the distance) and the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE (in foreground). Photographer unknown but probably took prior to Kentucky Derby Day on the Ohio at Louisville, Kentucky.


GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE 1963 mock up of broadside

Letterpress "broadside" poster advertising tickets for the Tues April 30, 1963 race at Louisville on the Ohio River between the DELTA QUEEN and the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE. The size of the original letter press type set poster was 7 x 19 inches.


GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE commemorative ticket 1976

Commemorative Ticket for the "Epic Race" between the BELLE of LOUISVILLE, the DELTA QUEEEN and
Wednesday April 28, 1976 5 p.m

Wharf at 4th and River Road, Louisville, Kentucky

Sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Festival Inc.
Signed by the President of the Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. and the Chairman of the Belle of Louisville Operating Board

Measures 3.85 x 8.50 inches


Detail of a framed print/poster in the offices of the BELLE OF LOUISVILLE aboard their headquarters in the 1929 Life-Saving Station No. 10.

Appears to date back to the '60's, lining up the boat and bridge in stylized perspective with sky & water applied with palette knife using fine art/illustration techniques. Art experts and critics can interpret it further.

Eric Wehder, Jr.
For Louisville Magazine
Screen Printed by
Sullivan Screen Print Company

Prints of Wehder's painting "Kentucky Wild Cat" were published in 1979 and a number of them can be found online. The site Worth Point states that Eric Wehder Jr. immigrated from Germany and became a resident to Kentucky where he was commissioned to produce paintings and sculptures for the University of Kentucky.


"BELLE of LOUISVILLE" sketched by Bill Olendorf (not dated)

From an 11 x 14 print on paper

©2003, William Carr Olendorf Trust

Artist William C. Olendorf

March 02, 1996

By Kenan Heise, Tribune Staff Writer.

William C. Olendorf, 71, an internationally recognized painter, illustrator and printmaker, also had a long career as an advertising executive. A resident of the Near North Side in Chicago, Bill Oldendorf died Wednesday, February 28th at his home.

Mr. Olendorf had a studio in Tree Studios at Ontario and State Streets in Chicago. His style was considered neo-impressionistic. His paintings were principally landscapes and cityscapes, based on photos he had taken while traveling extensively. He was strongly influenced as an artist by Ivan Albright.

He held exhibitions of his works in museums in Paris, Stockholm and Mykonos, Greece, as well as New York and Chicago.

Mr. Olendorf illustrated several books, including the Sketchbook Series, which focuses on Paris, Chicago and Palm Beach, Florida.

Recently, he established the William Carr Olendorf Foundation, dedicated to the education of young artists who emphasize representational art and who need financial assistance or mentoring.

A native of Deerfield, Illinois he attended Harvard University and Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

During his career as an ad executive, he worked for Leo Burnett, Foote Cone & Belding and Peterson Publications. He also was with Tobias and Olendorf and The Promotion Network.

Survivors include two sons, Donald and Bill.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Claridge Hotel, 1244 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, Illinois.

More Belle of Louisville pages at this site:
Centennial of Steamboats to honor the Belle of Louisville's 100th Anniversary
Photos of an accident that damaged Belle of Louisville bucket boards in 2009
Belle of Louisville Photo page

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