Walk the Runway with Retro St. Louis Fashions

By MGHL Staff on September 11, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Just because it’s Fashion Week in New York, that doesn’t mean we can’t have our own fashion show here in St. Louis.  From its offices on the lower level of a former Famous-Barr department store, Modern Graphic History Library presents a runway of retro St. Louis fashions. Empire lines were all the rage in 1956, and this stylish black […]

Get Ready for Some Football With the David Boss Collection

By MGHL Staff on September 2, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

The NFL season starts this week.  In celebration, Modern Graphic History Library presents NFL football publications from the David Boss Collection. David Boss was an artist, illustrator, and photographer who was the Creative Director of NFL Properties for 26 years.  Boss was the artist who redesigned the NFL logo to a red, white, and blue shield. […]

Celebrate National Dog Day with Butch the Cocker Spaniel

By MGHL Staff on August 26, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Tuesday, August 26 is National Dog Day.  To celebrate, Modern Graphic History Library looks at one of magazine illustration’s most famous dogs — Butch the Cocker Spaniel. by Albert Staehle, Saturday Evening Post, June 23, 1945 Butch was the pet of artist Albert Staehle, who was famous for his animal illustrations.  Butch came into Staehle’s life […]

Go Back to School with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on August 21, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Now that students are heading back to school, Modern Graphic History Library presents lessons from the correspondence course created by Al Parker for the Famous Artists School. Parker was one of 12 artists that founded the Famous Artists School in 1948.  The school was based in Westport, Connecticut, which was a popular location for artists […]

The Innovative Lines of Austin Briggs

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

This past weekend, illustrator Austin Briggs would have been 106.  The transportation industry welcomed the artist into the world when he was born on August 9, 1908 in a private railway car on a siding in Humboldt, Minnesota.  Since his father was an electrical engineer who installed telegraphic systems for the railroads, the family moved along with […]

Archie is Dead — Long Live Archie!

By MGHL Staff on July 31, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

This past month, comic book readers mourned the passing of Riverdale’s Archie Andrews  — at least, the alternative future version of the red-headed, freckled girl-crazy teenager living life as an adult in a recently rebooted version of the title Life With Archie.  by Jeff Shultz, from Archie, Free Comic Book Day edition, July 2003 This […]

How to Raise the Perfect Family

By MGHL Staff on July 24, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Now that you’ve had a successful wedding and are enjoying married life, it’s time for the next step … a family.  You are going to need lots of parenting tips.  Don’t fear — all you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations. There will be plenty of time for you to look through all […]

How to Have the Perfect Marriage

By MGHL Staff on July 17, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Last week we planned the perfect wedding.  Now, it’s time to figure out how to have wedded bliss.  Luckily, the illustrations in these vintage magazines can give us all the advice we need. The first step to having a successful marriage is … breakfast. by unknown artist, McCall’s, June 1930 A new wife will want to make sure […]

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

By MGHL Staff on July 10, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Summer is the season for weddings.  In order to plan the perfect one, you don’t need to hire an expensive wedding planner.  Everything you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations. The wedding has to be just right.  After all, you’ve been dreaming about this for a long time. by Jon […]