Jessie Wilcox Smith

By Andrea Degener on April 23, 2018 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator during the early twentieth century. Her work was published in many of the leading magazines of the time, some of which include Collier’s, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, and Ladies’ Home Journal. Smith was also known for her illustrations published in popular children’s books; some of her more famous titles […]

The Reeses

Walter and Emily Shaw Reese, known as The Reeses, are a husband and wife duo who produced illustrations predominately in the 1910s and 1920s. The recently digitized tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive highlight some of the advertisements and covers created by The Reeses. This post is part of a series highlighting some of the tear […]

Al Parker Tear Sheets

By Andrea Degener on March 20, 2018 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections, What's New

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 […]

Lovely Subtext

By Andrea Degener on March 7, 2018 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections, What's New

Many of the tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive were pulled from women’s magazines. The collection contains numerous fiction stories illustrating tormented love tailored specifically for female audience. As a collective whole, the tear sheets provide an interesting specimen as to what sensational troubles these fictional protagonists faced. Women were both tormented and […]

Robert Fawcett

By Andrea Degener on February 7, 2018 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections, What's New

We will be highlighting some of the illustrator files that were digitized from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive as part of a CLIR Grant initiative. Many people from the Libraries assisted with adding metadata to the digitized files. One person in particular, Ian Lanius, Curatorial Assistant in Special Collections, was willing to share some of […]

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections, What's New

Two years ago, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library was awarded a CLIR grant to digitize 150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The digitized tear sheets are now publicly available through Shared Shelf Commons (soon to be rebranded as JSTOR Forum). Below are some highlights from this comprehensive resource. E. Simms Campbell Gladys […]

Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By Andrea Degener on June 23, 2017 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

The time around the turn of the 20th century was filled with cultural, social, and technological change. During this period, new technology directed production to large-scale manufacturing. Seeking to self promote, manufacturers branded their products, naturally leading to a need for sales promotion and consequent proliferation of advertising. Increasing production and markets led to tight […]

Spring Semester at MGHL

By Andrea Degener on May 16, 2017 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

This semester, students from D. B. Dowd’s course, Special Topics in Visual Culture: The Illustrated Periodical, visited the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to engage with a variety of materials from various collections. Throughout the semester, the materials were used in lectures and discussions and featured in student presentations. The research for the class was conducted […]

A Very Esquire Christmas

By Andrea Degener on December 23, 2016 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Esquire Magazine’s Christmas issue, published in December 1943, contains a wide variety of articles (everything from political to camp) interspersed with foldout pinups by Vargas in addition to numerous photography pieces and advertisements. One of the political pieces in this issue are the three dimensional concepts created by Salvador Dali. One section contains illustrations of the […]

Between the Lines: The Illustrations of Frederic Varady

By Andrea Degener on December 1, 2016 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections, What's New

Frederic Varady (1908-2002) had a distinctive style later in his career. When browsing through the Varady tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, it was interesting to see how his style evolved throughout his career. His illustrations from the 1940s appear to be the typical two-color illustrations that were popular during this time period.   […]