Thrill Seekers Exhibit Now Available Online

Remember that exhibit we mentioned a few weeks ago? Well, in case you aren’t able to visit Olin Library, you can now view Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men’s Magazines online.

Like the in-person exhibit, the digital companion features the original artwork, tear sheets, and whole issues of mid-century magazines like Esquire, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune, as well as lesser-known pulp fiction titles and girlie magazines. The exhibit draws on several of MGHL’s collections and includes items like Robert Andrew Parker’s illustrations for Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction, Al Parker’s take on the Monaco Grand Prix, 1930’s ads from Esquire, Robert Weaver’s illustrations for James Bond stories, and Ernest Trova’s version of the Playboy bunny. The digital exhibit contains over 60 images — some of which we weren’t able to include in the in-person exhibit — as well as a few additional features like recommending reading and relevant digital resources.

Below is one of our favorites — an original Robert Andrew Parker watercolor for a Nabokov story that appeared in a 1965 issue of Playboy. To see more, check out Thrill Seekers online.

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About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.