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Illustration from Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children
Illustration from Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children, 1917

Carmen L. Browne (March 29, 1895 - April 11, 1992) was an early twentieth century author and illustrator, particularly of children's books.

Early life and education

Browne was born on March 29, 1895 in Calumet, Michigan. She attended the Chicago Art Institute and the Art Students League of New York.


Browne created illustrations for books and greeting cards for the P. F. Volland Company. Her illustrations were described as "light and dainty", "difficult to surpass in sheer loveliness", "apt pictures .. to please the wee ones", "assisting the text admirably, designed as they are to delight the child's heart," and as making "appropriate" gift books for "little friends and relatives. She also designed wallpaper patterns for children, and invented an educational doll apparatus, "to associate with a doll educational matter which is commonly presented in unattractive, formal lessons." Her lithographs, some of which were shown at the Ninth International Print Makers' Exhibition in 1928, were described as "amusing and very expert".

Personal life

Browne married Jesse Augustus Luckner (1891-1975) in 1945.


Browne died on April 11, 1992 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Selected works

  • Miller, Olive Beaupré, and Carmen L. Brown. Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children. New York: P. F. Volland Co, 1917.
  • Miller, Olive Beaupré, and Carmen L. Brown. Come Play with Me. Joliet, Illinois: P. F. Volland Company, 1918.
  • Haynes, Louise Marshall, and Carmen Browne. Over the Rainbow Bridge. Chicago: P. F. Volland Company, 1920.
  • Browne, Carmen. My Book of Pets. Chicago: Volland Company, 1923.
  • Browne, Carmen. A Day of Play. Joliet, Illinois: Published by P.F. Volland Company, 1923.
  • Kilner, Colleen Browne, and Carmen L. Browne. La-La Man In Music-Land. Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1927.
  • Luckner, Carmen Browne, Matthew Ware and Ronald H. Bayes. A gift of light. Laurinburg, N.C.: St. Andrews Press, 1993.
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