V. CANNON was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 30, 1883 to Catherine M. and
William H. Cannon. A brother, Horace Cannon, was born in 1886.
City Directory for 1883 states that the Cannon family was living
at 918 Newton
Avenue. The City Directories from 1887 through
1894 show the family at 294 Mount Vernon
Street. William Cannon
was working as a deck hand as early as 1878, as an engineer for
the American Dredging Company in 1883, as a "foreman"
in 1887, by the following year his occupation was
"captain". By 1894 he had risen to the position of
Assistant Superintendent of the American Dredging Company, and
by 1895 the family had moved to 576 Benson Street. Another
child, William J.B. Cannon, arrived in August of 1896. Sadly, on
March 2, 1899 Catherine Cannon became a widow, when William H.
Cannon was lost at sea off Norfolk, Virginia while bringing a dredge back to Camden. Florence Cannon and other members of the Cannon
family were still living at 576 Benson Street as as late as
the fall of 1959.
V. Cannon's talent as an artist soon was recognized. She studied
at the Philadelphia School of Industrial Arts and was teaching
art at Gloucester City High School as early as 1908. At the New
Jersey State Fair held in October of 1914, Florence V.
Cannon won nine
first prizes and ten second prizes for paintings on various
materials including fabrics and china, as reported in the
October 6, 1914 edition of the Trenton Times.
V. Cannon was well-known as an artist and operated an art
school in Philadelphia. Another venture Florence Cannon
undertook was a business in the early 1920s manufacturing doll
houses and doll house furniture. She traveled to Europe in 1928,
returning from London aboard the S.S. Minnesota, arriving in New
York City in October of 1928. In 1939 she was a founding member and
first president of the American Color Print
prints, she worked in a number of other mediums, including oil
painting and sculpture.
V. Cannon passed away in April of 1963.