Hap Hadley

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Alvan "Hap" Hadley
Born Alvan Cordell Hadley
(1895-03-16)March 16, 1895
Findlay, Illinois
Died (1976-08-04)August 4, 1976
Los Angeles, California
Nationality United States
Known for Painting, drawing, caricatures, posters
Poster for the movie The General by Hadley

Alvan Cordell "Hap" Hadley (March 16, 1895, Findlay, Illinois – August 4, 1976, Los Angeles, California) was an American artist specializing in pen and ink representations of popular subjects. He created posters for various films, including Buster Keaton's The General (1926) and Charlie Chaplin's The Circus (1928),[1][2] as well as promotional posters for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and billboards for Roy Rogers. A movie poster of The General was sold by Christie's East on December 5, 1994, for $46,000.[3]

He was also an actor, performing in the 1920-1921 Broadway revue The Greenwich Village Follies of 1920[4] at the Shubert Theatre in New York City and the 1924 film Floodgates.[5]


  1. ^ Grey Smith, ed. (2009). Heritage Auctions Vintage Movie Poster Auction Catalog #7008, Dallas, TX. Heritage Capital Corporation. p. 144. ISBN 9781599673776. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "August 4". Rockwell Center for american visual studies, Norman Rockwell Museum. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "The General, United Artists, 1926". Christie's. Retrieved August 3, 2014.  Poster sale details confirmed, but no attribution to Hadley on this page.
  4. ^ "Hap Hadley". playbillvault.com. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hap Hadley on IMDb

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