A Look at the Innovative Bernie Fuchs

By MGHL Staff on October 29, 2014

Acclaimed illustrator Bernie Fuchs would have been 82 years old today.  The artist only lived to be 76, but influenced mid-century illustration like few other artists have. McCall’s, July 1964 Fuchs was born in O’Fallon, Illinois, a city less than 30 minutes east of St. Louis.  The ar...

Using Visual Primary Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 29, 2014

A close visual “reading” of photographs and other visual materials is an excellent activity for students of all levels, from K-12 to higher education.  This focuses students on seeing what is there (and not there) and then considering critically what it means — this could be  do...

An Eerie Sense of Deja-Vu : 1960s Gothic Romance Paperback Covers

By MGHL Staff on October 23, 2014

Halloween is approaching — so be prepared for the eerie and the spooky to come your way.  You may get a strange sense of deja-vu during this next week of spookiness, but that’s only natural since it is the week before Halloween. illustrations by Lou Marchetti for Lancer Books, 1965 (G...

In Fashion with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on October 16, 2014

Today would have been Al Parker’s 108th birthday.  When we think of Al Parker, we think of an innovative and experimental illustrator who took the magazine illustration world by storm during the 1940s.  He would become one of the most popular and in-demand illustrators for magazine fiction....

Socio-Economic Diversity at WashU

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on October 15, 2014

At the 1905 Annual Banquet,  Alumni Association President Beebe said, “When I was ready for college I was free to go anywhere. I chose Washington University and I have never regretted my choice. I believe that a Western man should go to a Western school if he would be in sympathy with the West. W...

Smile! It’s National Dental Hygiene Month

By MGHL Staff on October 8, 2014

You will want to show everyone your pearly whites during the month since it’s National Dental Hygiene Month.  In honor of the occasion, Modern Graphic History Library presents dental-related vintage illustrated advertisements. Colgate advertisement by unknown artist, from Saturday Evening P...

His Impact Won’t Fade Away : A Look at C. Coles Phillips

By MGHL Staff on October 2, 2014

Artist and illustrator C. Coles Phillips would have been 134 years old this October.  He is best known for his “Fade Away Girl” illustrations. ad for Oneida silverware by C. Coles Phillips, 1911 These women would wear clothes the same color as the image background, causing them to ...

SUMMER PROJECT ’64: Joyce Ladner

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 1, 2014

In fall 1964 the Washington University Magazine interviewed then graduate student Joyce Ladner about her involvement and perspectives on the civil rights movement.  While at Washington University Ladner completed her Ph.D. (1968), before launching into her career as professor, author, and civil r...