A Leg Up on Fashion with Vintage Hosiery Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 30, 2014

Seventy-five years ago today, the 1939 World’s Fair opened in New York, and DuPont debuted a new product that would dramatically impact the fashion industry.  It was “Polymer 6.6” but was given a more memorable name for its New York debut : nylon.  Stockings made of this new sil...

Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

By MGHL Staff on April 23, 2014

April is National Lawn & Garden Month.  After the icy, cold winter we just had, it’s finally time to celebrate spring and get those gardens and lawns ready.  Find your gardening gloves, get out your lawn mowers, and let’s get started. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, May 1934 You&...

Celebrate National Library Week with David Friedman’s Candid Library Sketches

By MGHL Staff on April 17, 2014

Please note: information previously included in this posting during April 17 – 22, 2014 was based off of a newspaper article that we have since learned contained inaccuracies. That information has been removed and replaced with correct information. It’s National Library Week, so to ho...

100 Years Ago: Advertisements on Campus, Spring 1914

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate student worker on April 16, 2014

Advertisements presented to WU students one-hundred years ago differed somewhat from those today, but in many ways they seem familiar. Featured below are various advertisements, from Student Life and The Hachet, dating to the spring of 1914 at Washington University. Coca-cola,  Anheuser-Busch, an...

Celebrate National Golf Day with Women Golfer Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 10, 2014

April 10 has been designated as National Golf Day, most likely since the first professional U.S. golf tournament was held on April 10, 1916.  To commemorate this day, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way women golfer has been portrayed in magazine illustration and advertising. by Georg...

Thurtene Carnival: WUSTL’s Oldest Tradition

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate student worker on April 9, 2014

This month, WU’s oldest tradition, Thurtene Carnival, returns to campus. A carnival was first held in 1907, and has continued annually.  The only interruption came in 1943, when World War II called away many members of the Thurtene honorary.  Otherwise, the weekend-long festivities, overseen chie...

Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 2, 2014

Baseball season has begun! In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library would like to present its rendition of the classic baseball song we all know and sing during the seventh inning stretch.  (Please note, since MGHL is located at Washington University in St. Louis … there might...

April Fools

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 1, 2014

A long running tradition on campus are joke issues of Student Life, such as this headline from April 1, 1930.  (Read the full front page here) Most year’s editors were clear about their joking, indicated “April Fools” in the mast head, and printed on different colored newsprint....