Behind the Scenes at CBS with Robert Weaver

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

This weekend would have been expressionistic artist Robert Weaver‘s 90th birthday.  In honor of this occasion, Modern Graphic History Library presents sketches which Weaver drew 55 years ago for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). CBS Television Network released annual promotional calendars entitled “A Television Notebook.”  Each week of the year would feature an illustration or […]

It’s Swimsuit Season with Jantzen

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

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to try on swimsuits.  Let’s check out some ofJantzen‘s product line, known for its glamorous, stretchable, slimming swimwear. by George Petty, June 13, 1938 Jantzen swimsuits began as a special request from a member of the Portland Rowing Club.  He wanted rowing trunks which didn’t require a drawstring […]

From Jeeves to Uncle Sam : The Legacy of James Montgomery Flagg

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

James Montgomery Flagg, one of the most versatile artists of the early-mid twentieth century, would have been 137 today.  He was born in suburban Pelham Manor, New York (approximately 14 miles northeast of Manhattan) but was always interested in drawing urban life. Sunday Magazine, December 18, 1910 By age 12, Flagg had sold his first illustration […]

MGHL Welcomes the Atkin Family Collection of WWI Posters

By MGHL Staff on June 12, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Modern Graphic History Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Louis and Jodi Atkin Family Collection featuring World War I posters and memorabilia. 1917 American poster by James Montgomery Flagg The collection includes over 400 recruitment and propaganda posters produced from 1915 – 1918 by the major countries engaged in the war: America, […]

Happy 80th Birthday Donald Duck

By MGHL Staff on June 9, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

One of the world’s most famous ducks — Donald Fauntleroy Duck — is now an octogenarian. cover by Daan Jippes, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #513, December 1986 Donald made his first appearance on June 9, 1934 as a supporting character living on a houseboat in a Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon “The Wise Little Hen.”  […]

Off to the Races

By MGHL Staff on June 5, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

This weekend marks the 146th Belmont Stakes and another chance at a Triple Crown winning horse.  To mark the occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at horse racing in illustration. race at Belmont Park, by Robert Weaver, New York Magazine, June 8, 1968 First stop … Belmont Park, the home of the Belmont Stakes. Belmont […]

Seeing through the Smoke of Vintage Cigarette Ads

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

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.  On this day, health risks associated with tobacco use are highlighted and tobacco users are encouraged to decrease their consumption.  This week, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way cigarette advertisements from the 1910s through the 1960s have promoted smoking as socially acceptable and healthy. by Harry Morse […]

The Dark Knight Turns 75!

By MGHL Staff on May 22, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Seventy-five years ago, in May 1939, the caped crime fighter Batman was introduced inDetective Comics #27. 1984 collector’s edition reprint of Detective #27, by Bob Kane Detective Comics was first published by the self-titled company, which merged into National Comics, and later was renamed DC Comics.  The title featured different detectives in each issue.  Batman became so popular that he eventually took […]

Strike Up the Band for Robert Andrew Parker’s Birthday

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

Robert Andrew Parker is 87 today.  Parker is an expressionist artist and illustrator whose art has appeared in magazines such as Fortune, Esquire, New York, New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated as well as on book covers and album covers.  He uses both watercolors and acrylics, and at one point after having a surplus of acrylic paint, has watered down […]

Let’s Drink to Pepsi Advertisements for National Beverage Day

By MGHL Staff on May 6, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

Since May 6th is National Beverage Day, Modern Graphic History Library is featuring 1950s soft drink advertisements. In the 1950s, Coca-Cola still had the sales edge over Pepsi-Cola.  Coca-Cola’s advertisements focused on “refreshment.”  Coke was a drink for hostesses to include with their fancy dinner parties, to make the food more enjoyable. from Good Housekeeping, July 1952, […]