H. S. Lukens ( Harry Shermer Lukens) 1879-1955
As early as 1910 H. S Lukens' was noted as an artist in the census. Born in Mexico, Pa. January 1879 , Lukens most likely began his art training in Harrisburg or Philadelphia . A letter to the editor in the Patriot ( Harrisburg 1902 ) gives a young Harry Lukens' work "Arabian Horses" a rave review. Eventually he became a portrait painter, and illustrator, and decorator of circus wagons as well. He had a gallery on Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. About 1915 he began illustrating sheet music for songs such as "And the Band Played All The Time" and " When You Were Queen of the May ". After a move to Maple Shade, NJ. in 1932 he was known to decorate circus wagons for the Wm. French Company. He painted gold lettering on the large wagons along with landscape scenes on the back and sides.
Patriot (Harrisburg) 1/27/1902 p.2
Special thanks to Marie a former neighbor of the Lukens family who pointed us in the right direction and provided these sources:
Maple Shade Progress 10/7/1976-10/13/1976 p.8