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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Graphic Artist
Advertising Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Peas (Black-Eyed)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I'm Loving It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1936
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Graphic Artist
Advertising Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Peas (Black-Eyed)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I'm Loving It.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1936
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Artist and businessman George Albert Beach was born August 14, 1936 in New York City. His mother, Ethel McKinnon, came from Kingston, New York and his father, James H. Beach, was from Montserrat. The family moved to Philadelphia in 1946 where Beach attended William Pierce Elementary School, Gillespie Junior High School and studied art at Fleisher Art Memorial. Beach graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1954 and earned his B.F.A. degree in advertising design from the University of the Arts in 1958. Beach also studied at L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and at L’Alliance Franciase, both in Paris.

He started Beach Advertising in 1974 and his clients have included Pfizer, John F. Rich and Company, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, McDonalds and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. In 1964, Beach was elected as the first African American president of the Artist Guild of Delaware Valley and he served in that capacity until 1967. Beach also joined the American Numismatic Association and founded the African American Commemorative Society (AACS). In 1970, he paired up with Calvin Massey and Robert L. Jefferson to start the fully illustrated African American Historical Calendar, which has been produced annually since.

A recipient of numerous awards including the Addy, Neographic, and Art Directors Club awards and a best of category award from Printing Industries of America, Beach participated in the White House Conferences on Small Businesses and is active with the Small Business Administration. He serves on the boards of the Alliance for Aging Research, the Philadelphia African American Museum, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Arthritis Foundation, the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the University for the Arts. Beach, who has two adult sons, lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Mary.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of George Beach's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - George Beach lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - George Beach describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - George Beach describes his mother's upbringing and her career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - George Beach describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - George Beach talks about his father's immigration to New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - George Beach talks about how he takes after both of his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - George Beach describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - George Beach describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - George Beach talks about his childhood memories of growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - George Beach talks about the role of music in his childhood in Harlem, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - George Beach talks about visiting Trinidad during his teenage years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - George Beach describes his experiences at Public School 40 in New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - George Beach describes his artistic interests during his time at William S. Peirce School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - George Beach talks about his siblings' differing attitudes towards education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - George Beach describes his artistic interests at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - George Beach describes his extracurricular activities at Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - George Beach describes his experiences at the Museum School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - George Beach describes his experiences at the Museum School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - George Beach talks about his internship with Freed Studios, Inc. and winning a design contest his senior year of college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - George Beach recalls the advertisements that he encountered during his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - George Beach talks about the skills and traits that led to his success in advertising
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - George Beach talks about working as an apprentice at Freed Studios, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - George Beach talks about opening his own studio as a design artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - George Beach talks about his term as president of the Artists Guild of Delaware Valley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - George Beach talks about how taking risks allowed him to grow his business during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - George Beach talks about how being an African American affected the course of his advertising career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - George Beach talks about how he recruited members for the African-American Commemorative Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - George Beach talks about creating commemorative medals with the African-American Commemorative Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - George Beach talks about the value of the medal collection created by the African-American Commemorative Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - George Beach describes the black history calendars he produces with the African-American Commemorative Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - George Beach talks about his volunteer work with non-profit organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - George Beach talks about his reasons for researching the lives of early African American leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - George Beach talks about some of his favorite stories from the African-American Commemorative Society calendar
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - George Beach describes his struggle to grow his business through working for major corporations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - George Beach talks about his battle with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - George Beach talks about some of the treatments that helped him recover from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - George Beach talks about overcoming the prognosis that he would be confined to a wheelchair
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - George Beach talks about returning to painting after treatment for his rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - George Beach describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - George Beach reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - George Beach reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - George Beach reflects upon his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - George Beach describes his family's thoughts about his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - George Beach talks about his experience studying at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, France
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - George Beach describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - George Beach narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - George Beach narrates his photographs, pt. 2