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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Foster (1892-1982)


Born in Halifax, he came to Winnipeg in 1911 and worked for Brigden’s until 1921, when he moved on to Chicago. His work at Brigden’s was mainly on the Eaton’s catalogue, where he specialized in buttons, bloomer lace, women’s lingerie, and toys. In 1929 the publishers Grosset and Dunlop chose Foster to illustrate Edgar Rice Burroughs’ book Tarzan of the Apes. Foster began drawing Tarzan as a comic strip in 1931, and in 1937 he created “Prince Valiant,” a comic strip set in the early Middle Ages, with authentic costumes and settings. He died in Florida.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 8 March 2008

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