CLIR Grant: Week One

By Andrea Degener on January 8, 2016 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

MGHL staff have been working hard on packing the tear sheets for the CLIR grant this week. We started the process of sorting, foldering, boxing, and packing items from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. Skye, MGHL curator, has identified a list of illustrators that will be digitized. The files are removed from the cabinets and […]

CLIR Grant Announcement

By Andrea Degener on January 4, 2016 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

We have exciting news to pass along. Washington University Libraries has received a $250,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources for the project titled Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The grant lasts two years and will digitize images and provide supporting metadata […]

Traveling with Al Parker

By Andrea Degener on December 29, 2015 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

As the holiday season winds down, we are all reminded of how stressful travel can be. Looking at the bygone days of airline travel is a way to reminisce of a simpler time. Remember when families always traveled with a smile and well behaved children? Remember when people would wear their nicest clothing to board […]

A Look at the Innovative Bernie Fuchs

By MGHL Staff on October 29, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

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 artist would end up studying in St. Louis […]

In Fashion with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on October 16, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

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. However, it didn’t start out that way. from Ladies’ […]

Smile! It’s National Dental Hygiene Month

By MGHL Staff on October 8, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

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 Post, September 7, 1918 You will want to have the whitest teeth possible.  Otherwise, with […]

Take a Trip to the United Kingdom

By MGHL Staff on September 25, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

After last week’s referendum, it turns out that the United Kingdom will indeed stay united … at least for the time being.  Take an illustrated trip with Modern Graphic History Library to jolly ol’ England and the rest of the UK. by Robert Andrew Parker, date unknown You will want to get a British car in order to get […]

Visual Harmony : A Look At Classical Music Album Covers

By MGHL Staff on September 18, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Back in August 1994, President Bill Clinton issued Proclamation 6716 stating the month of September to be Classical Music Month.  In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library looks at various illustrated album covers of classical recordings from the 1950s – 1970s. by Cliff Condak, Epic Records, 1959 Originally, album covers were simply paper wrappers — usually […]