Fighting for Dandelions: A Past WU Tradition

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate Student worker on May 31, 2014

Today, the University Archives would like to share with you a seemingly forgotten but most amusing WU spring tradition: Dandelion Day. Pulling up these yellow weeds can be an arduous task, especially if you want to eradicate them from an entire university campus. In the early decades of the 20th ...

Seeing through the Smoke of Vintage Cigarette Ads

By MGHL Staff on May 29, 2014

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.  On this day, health risks associated with tobacco use are highlighted and tobacco users are encouraged to decrease their consumption.  This week, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way cigarette advertisements from the 1910s through the 1960s have promote...

The Dark Knight Turns 75!

By MGHL Staff on May 22, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, in May 1939, the caped crime fighter Batman was introduced inDetective Comics #27. 1984 collector’s edition reprint of Detective #27, by Bob Kane Detective Comics was first published by the self-titled company, which merged into National Comics, and later was renamed...

Strike Up the Band for Robert Andrew Parker’s Birthday

By MGHL Staff on May 14, 2014

Robert Andrew Parker is 87 today.  Parker is an expressionist artist and illustrator whose art has appeared in magazines such as Fortune, Esquire, New York, New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated as well as on book covers and album covers.  He uses both watercolors and acrylics, and at one point afte...

8 seldom recognized commencement traditions

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 13, 2014

Commencement is a time of long-held traditions: academic gowns, speeches, diplomas, processions, banners…in short, all the expected pomp and circumstance.   University Archives however, is happy to recognize some of the less discussed rituals  of commencement at Washington University. Below...

Let’s Drink to Pepsi Advertisements for National Beverage Day

By MGHL Staff on May 6, 2014

Since May 6th is National Beverage Day, Modern Graphic History Library is featuring 1950s soft drink advertisements. In the 1950s, Coca-Cola still had the sales edge over Pepsi-Cola.  Coca-Cola’s advertisements focused on “refreshment.”  Coke was a drink for hostesses to include...