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Norris, Leonard Matheson, 1913-1997

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Norris, Leonard Matheson, 1913-1997

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  • Norris, Len, 1913-

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Leonard Matheson Norris was born December 1, 1913 in London, England and came to Canada in 1926, to Port Arthur, Ontario. He was employed as a draftsman in the offices of the Port Arthur City Engineers, and in the 1930s relocated to Toronto. After one year of night courses at the Ontario College of Art, he joined the Stanfield Advertising Agency as advertising artist and art director from 1938-1940. In 1940, he enrolled in the Canadian Army where he served as the editor, writer and illustrator for a magazine published by the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps.From 1945 to 1950, he worked as art director for Maclean-Hunter Publishing. In 1950 Norris moved to Vancouver and became editorial cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun newspaper. In 1951 he won the National Newspaper Award for caricature. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974, and to the News Hall of Fame in Toronto in 1979. His popularity was also reflected in the sales of annual books of reprints of his cartoons. Norris drew for the Vancouver Sun for 38 years, until he officially retired at the age of 75, in 1988. He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

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MCARTER 2012-06-19|MCARTER 2012-12-10

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Source: Visual Records database Biographical sketch by Paul Washington, contract archivist, March 2012. Biographical sources include: MemoryBC, the Canadian Encyclopedia and others, and The Norris Collection at Simon Fraser University. NOTE: AMICUS, BC Legislative Library, Library of Congress all use the following term: "Norris, Len, 1913-". We might wish to consider changing this record to standardize it with the other institutions.

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NOTE: AMICUS, BC Legislative Library, Library of Congress all use the following term: "Norris, Len, 1913-". We might wish to consider changing this record to standardize it with the other institutions. (MC-2012-12-10).