MGHL’s Gangster Line-Up

By MGHL Staff on June 26, 2013

Lately, there have been a lot of gangsters popping up in the news. Illustration by Cliff Condak, unknown date. In Boston, there’s the trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger while in suburban Detroit, the FBI used a mobster’s tip to justify digging up a field, in a continuing searc...

75 Years of Superman

By MGHL Staff on June 19, 2013

Look up at the screen… It’s a bird… Robert Andrew Parker illustration from children’s book To Fly by Wendie Old, 2002. It’s a plane… Robert Andrew Parker illustration, unknown date. No, it’s just a Superman blog. Miniseries Man of Steel #1 (of 6) that reb...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from MGHL

By MGHL Staff on June 13, 2013

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Father’s Day.  If you are still looking for a gift to give your dad, why not go with a tried and true, traditional gift: a necktie! Al Parker fiction illustration for Girl With A Briefcase by Ruth Lyons for Good Housekeeping, September 1956. Solid colo...

Public School Reform in Wartime: From the Desk of William Greenleaf Eliot

By Bianca Lopez, PhD candidate in History on June 12, 2013

In 1861, St. Louis’s public school system was threatened by the outbreak of the Civil War. As a member of the school district’s board of directors, William Greenleaf Eliot wrote to its president, Edward Wyman, and asked that he keep the schools open during wartime. As it turns out, the schools ha...

Join MGHL on a Picnic

By MGHL Staff on June 5, 2013

You are all invited to come on a picnic with Modern Graphic History Library.  We’d better hurry up and go, before it starts to rain again. First, we will need proper hats. A Spring hat won’t do, and a Summer Hat is too dressy. Article from Ladies Home Journal, July 1911. A striped lin...

Palette Scrapings, Then and Now

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 5, 2013

The Kemper Art Museum  started a new blog in April 2013 that offers a “behind-the-scenes look at the exhibitions, the artworks on view, and the inner workings of the Kemper Art Museum from the point of view of the people who make it all happen.” This new modern publication has a histo...