Griffith Harold "Grif" Teller (December 9, 1899 – April 8, 1993) was an artist famous for his paintings for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Teller was born on December 9, 1899 in Newark, New Jersey. Teller attended the Barringer High School until his junior year, when he transferred to the Fawcett School of Industrial Arts. With what started as a temporary job with the Osborne Company, an advertising and color calendar company, towards the end of World War I, Teller was hired permanently after showing the head of Osborne's Designing Department some of his paintings.
He was a long-time resident of Little Falls, New Jersey.
In 1927, Teller was given an assignment to paint the 1928 wall calendar scene for the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsylvania returned to Teller the next year, and he eventually painted all of the calendar scenes for their calendars up to 1942. Other artists were contracted to paint the artwork for the calendar during World War II, as the Pennsylvania was favoring more patriotic scenes. Teller painted for the Pennsylvania once again after the war, starting with the 1947 calendar. The Osborne Company was sold to a competitor in 1953, eventually causing Teller to be laid off. He continued to paint for the Pennsylvania as a freelancer, until the railroad discontinued full-size wall calendars in 1959. His freelance work, which encompassed both railroad and non-railroad subjects, continued into the 1980s.
Teller's 1928 painting, When the Broadway Meets the Dawn, was used as the background for the "Preserve Our Heritage" special-fund license plate introduced in 1998 by PennDOT to help fund Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission programs, which receives $15 of the $35 fee for each of those license plates, which are still sold today.
Grif Teller Overview
Born: Griffith Harold Teller, December 9, 1899, Newark, New Jersey
Died: April 8, 1993 (aged 93), Westfield, New Jersey
Resting place: Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Residence: Skaneateles, New York
Known for: Pennsylvania Railroad wall calendar paintings
Children: Robert, John and Ruth
Parents: Albert D. and Mary H. Teller
Mass Transportation (Army-Navy Game), Griffith Teller's illustration for the 1955 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar. Beginning in 1936 when the game moved to Municipal Stadium, the Pennsylvania Railroad operated special game-day service with around 40 trains serving as many as 30,000 of the attendees. To do this, the PRR modified their Delaware Extension and West Philadelphia Elevated Branch freight lines and installed massive temporary platforms at Greenwich Yard.
Broadway Limited with Pennsy's "Big Engine" 6100, a painting by Grif Teller from 1941 (PRR).
A Grif Teller slideshow.
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