100 Years Ago: Francis Field Gates

By Miranda Rectenwald on March 31, 2014

One hundred years ago today, campus architect James Jamison completed the designs for the “Francis Field Gateway.” Constructed in the summer of 1914, the gates honored David R. Francis for whom the field was named, and his feat of bringing the World’s Fair to St. Louis ten years...

Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Paperback Art of George Ziel

By MGHL Staff on March 27, 2014

This week the talented and versatile Polish-born paperback artist George Ziel would have been 100 years old.  From the 1950s until his death in 1982, he drew many uncredited covers for romance, Gothic, and mystery paperbacks for the major paperback publishers including Avon, Dell, Fawcett Crest, ...

It’s An Alien Invasion of Sci-Fi Art Covers

By MGHL Staff on March 20, 2014

Watch out — March 20th is Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.  All of the space aliens have been waiting all year to invade Earth on this day, carefully crafting their abduction schemes. Well, maybe not all of the aliens out there … by David Hardy, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,...

St Patrick, Patron of Engineers

By Sonya Rooney on March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from University Archives Engineering students in 1931 celebrate with their patron saint (on the main quadrangle of campus).

Searching for Lost Sleep in Vintage Advertising

By MGHL Staff on March 13, 2014

Now that Daylight Savings Time is upon us, we have sprung forward one hour in time.  Are you still missing that lost hour of sleep? by John Gannam, from Life, September 8, 1947 Beds were frequently featured in mid-twentieth century advertising, though not always for sleep-related products.  When ...

Enjoy Some Cream of Wheat for National Cereal Day

By MGHL Staff on March 7, 2014

March 7th is National Cereal Day!  To honor this occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the early 20th century advertising for Cream of Wheat, which debuted in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. by Leslie Thrasher, 1912 In the early 20th century, Cream of Wheat advertising became ...