A Look at the Watchmen During Banned Books Week

By MGHL Staff on September 26, 2013

As comics and graphic novels become an increasing part of library collections, it should come as no surprise that comics and graphic novels are increasing showing up on the list of challenged books, especially in school libraries.  During Banned Books Week, Modern Graphic History Library looks at...

WU and the Beginning of Educational TV in St. Louis

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate Student Assistant on September 20, 2013

St. Louis’ educational television station, KETC Channel 9, made its first broadcast on  September 20th, 1954 — fifty-nine years ago today.   It operated from a small, temporary studio in the women’s gymnasium at  McMillan Hall.  The beginning of regular broadcasts marked the completion of a...

Talk Like a Pirate with MGHL and Howard Pyle

By MGHL Staff on September 19, 2013

Ahoy mateys! It be that day where ye let loose that inner buccaneer that lives in yer soul. So smartly belay that landlubber talk and set forth wit’ me on a grand adventure to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day. by Howard Pyle, Harper’s Weekly, 1900. In order to get in the spirit of the...

The Murky Waters of Photography vs. Illustration

By MGHL Staff on September 12, 2013

When 60-year old Diane Nyad recently swam from Cuba to Florida, there were plenty of pictures to be seen in the news footage.  We saw video footage of her swimming and treading water by the boat, as well as shots of her exiting the water in Florida.  We know that her team was taking pictures [&he...

A Look at the Red Rose Girls

By MGHL Staff on September 5, 2013

In honor of Labor Day this past Monday, MGHL looks at women’s employment in the early 1900s. by Elizabeth Shippen Green, Harper’s, August 1904 Acceptable jobs for women were limited, with many unmarried women taking the standard positions as teachers, nurses, and shopkeepers. Typicall...