Al Parker Tear Sheets

The Al Parker Collection at the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library contains many original works by the illustrator. Until recently, a number of these pieces could only be understood in the original form of gouache on board. Now, with the public collection of digitized tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, users are able to cross reference the tear sheet to the originals in the Al Parker Collection. In the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, over 4,000 tear sheets of Parker’s work were collected. The newly publicized tear sheets in Shared Shelf Commons allow users to better understand the relationship of the original piece to its consumer equivalent. Below are only some of the examples of Al Parker originals and tear sheets.

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 88, Item 6: Unidentified Projects

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 55, Item 1: American Magazine

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 70, Item 2: Good Housekeeping, February 1940

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 75, Item 3: Ladies’ Home Journal, undated

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 81, Item 3: Pictorial Review, March 1939

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 81, Item 5: Pictorial Review, undated

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 73, Item 2: Good Housekeeping, October 1, 1946

 

Series 7: Original Works of Art on Board, Box 54, Item 1: American Magazine, undated

This post is part of a series highlighting some of the tear sheet files that were digitized from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive as part of a CLIR Grant initiative.

About the author

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