Get Ready For Swimsuit Season With MGHL

By MGHL Staff on May 29, 2013

It’s that time of year again: swimsuit season!  The quest to find the perfect swimsuit begins…and there are so many choices. Al Parker illustration from Ladies Home Journal, February 1947. For sunbathing on the beach while reading your magazines, you may want to try a Jantzen Velva-Lu...

Women’s Education: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate student worker on May 24, 2013

In December of 1870, William Greenleaf Eliot penned the following thoughts in his journal, which he jotted down after writing a speech on women’s education at the Missouri State Teachers’ Conference. He wrote, “We cannot now turn back, and having now admitted all the destructive powers of ignoran...

Graduation Gifts by Waterman’s Pens

By MGHL Staff on May 22, 2013

Are you still looking for a terrific gift for that graduate you know? What about a gift that is … as swift-moving as a magician as slim as a showgirl as beautiful as a dancer as sleek as a drinking straw and goes the distance like a runner Then you want a Waterman’s Pen! Ad from the S...

Go to the Circus With Robert Andrew Parker

By MGHL Staff on May 14, 2013

Robert Andrew Parker turns 86 today!  To celebrate his birthday, Modern Graphic History Library is going to the circus. Circus of the Wolves, p. 8. Many of Parker’s circus-themed illustrations can be found in the 1994 children’s book, Circus of the Wolves by Jack Bushnell.  ParkerR...

Commencement Tidbits

By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist on May 14, 2013

The first commencement for Washington University occurred in 1862, with five graduates.  In the 2012 Commencement 2,760 candidates received 2,878 degrees (1,450 undergraduate and 1,428 graduate and professional). A variety of people have spoken at Commencement over the years including James Bryce...

May Day Outfit Suggestions

By MGHL Staff on May 1, 2013

Modern Graphic History Library wishes you a Happy May Day! In order to celebrate, you will need something nice to wear.  Why not make a paper dress?  It’s economical and easy to make, plus very fashionable. (Just be careful sitting down, so your hard work doesn’t get crumpled or torn!...

Getting your bearings on WU Traditions

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 1, 2013

Part of an occasional series exploring unusual, obscure, and sometimes near-invisible student traditions at WU.  Presented below is the full text from the last page of the 1975-76 student handbook, Bearings. The student authors offer parting words of wisdom on some of the more unique WU tradition...