Happy Holidays from the Parkers

By MGHL Staff on December 28, 2011

Below is a selection of the Parker family’s holiday greeting cards. Al Parker’s wife Evelyn was a fellow artist he first met while studying at Washington University’s School of Fine Arts. The third card shows their daughter Susan’s name at the bottom ink red ink, suggestin...

Christmas Gift Ideas from Ladies’ Home Journal

By MGHL Staff on December 21, 2011

Just in time for the holidays, below are a few Christmas gift ideas from Ladies’ Home Journal, one of the magazines you can find in our Periodicals Collections. Handmade cravats, watch fobs, ash trays, and laundry bags are some of the ideas “fourteen men suggested…as acceptable ...

The Famous Artists School’s Cartooning Lesson Book

By MGHL Staff on December 15, 2011

In 1948, illustrator Albert Dorne founded the Famous Artists School, a correspondence program for aspiring artists. Recruiting several other influential illustrators to be part of the project — including Norman Rockwell and Al Parker — Dorne and his colleagues distributed their curric...

Illustrator Spotlight: Harry Beckhoff

By MGHL Staff on December 6, 2011

MGHL’s Charles Craver Collection is comprised of tear sheets featuring the work of dozens of important midcentury illustrators, some more well-known than others. One the collection’s lesser-known illustrators that we think deserves a larger audience is Harry Beckhoff. From the late 19...