Illustrator Spotlight: Robert O. Reid

By MGHL Staff on February 29, 2012

As part of our recurring feature highlighting lesser-known illustrators, this week we’re showcasing Robert O. Reid. Although best known for his illustrations for Collier’s during the 1930’s and 40’s, Reid also did advertising work for companies such as Oldsmobile and Pabst...

This Week in History: Norman Rockwell’s Fan Letter to Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on February 22, 2012

Although Al Parker had many admirers during his career, perhaps the most famous individual to send him a fan letter was fellow illustrator Norman Rockwell. Read the letter, written February 25th, 1948 (64 years ago this week), below.  

Ernest Trova’s 1947 Sketchbook

By MGHL Staff on February 15, 2012

As you may have read recently, the Modern Graphic History Library has acquired the archives of St. Louis artist and sculptor Ernest Trova. During the next few months while we process the collection and prepare it for use, we’ll occasionally highlight pieces we come across that we think are ...

New Jack Unruh Images in LUNA

By MGHL Staff on February 9, 2012

You may remember our post last November announcing new acquisitions to the Jack Unruh Collection. Since then, we’ve digitized many of these illustrations and have recently made them available online through our digital image database, LUNA. (You will need your WUSTL key to log in and browse...

Beauty Secret from the Periodicals Collection

By MGHL Staff on February 3, 2012

Much like today, advertisements about maintaining an attractive appearance were a staple of early twentieth-century women’s magazines. This week we bring you a selection of beauty-related ads from our Periodicals Collections. This ad for Othine which appeared in a July 1929 issue of the Del...