Celebrate National Dog Day with Butch the Cocker Spaniel

By MGHL Staff on August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26 is National Dog Day.  To celebrate, Modern Graphic History Library looks at one of magazine illustration’s most famous dogs — Butch the Cocker Spaniel. by Albert Staehle, Saturday Evening Post, June 23, 1945 Butch was the pet of artist Albert Staehle, who was famous...

Go Back to School with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on August 21, 2014

Now that students are heading back to school, Modern Graphic History Library presents lessons from the correspondence course created by Al Parker for the Famous Artists School. Parker was one of 12 artists that founded the Famous Artists School in 1948.  The school was based in Westport, Connecti...

A Look Back: Dorm Rooms Over the Years

By Miranda Rectenwald on August 20, 2014

As WU students return to campus this August, we welcome the freshman class of 2018 into the “South-40” dorms.  The photographs at University Archives offers a glimpse into dorm rooms of students in decades past.   And while these images span more than nine decades, many similarities r...

The Innovative Lines of Austin Briggs

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2014

This past weekend, illustrator Austin Briggs would have been 106.  The transportation industry welcomed the artist into the world when he was born on August 9, 1908 in a private railway car on a siding in Humboldt, Minnesota.  Since his father was an electrical engineer who installed telegraphic ...

What Are We Fighting For?

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on August 13, 2014

“I know that in the struggle for enlightenment against ignorance and prejudice Washington University will stand in the forefront of the battle.” — 1905 Commencement   With this bold mission Mr. William Donaldson (WU Class of 1863) ended his 1905 Commencement oration. Are we fighting ag...

Cowabunga — Here Come the Ninja Turtles!

By MGHL Staff on August 7, 2014

Turtle Power returns to the big screen this weekend with a new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  While the turtles are now household names, 30 years ago, it all started as a joke. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were struggling comic book artists who were looking for their big break.  As a ...