Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

By MGHL Staff on April 23, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

April is National Lawn & Garden Month.  After the icy, cold winter we just had, it’s finally time to celebrate spring and get those gardens and lawns ready.  Find your gardening gloves, get out your lawn mowers, and let’s get started. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, May 1934 You’ll need to decide what type of garden you want. Vegetables […]

Celebrate National Library Week with David Friedman’s Candid Library Sketches

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

Please note: information previously included in this posting during April 17 – 22, 2014 was based off of a newspaper article that we have since learned contained inaccuracies. That information has been removed and replaced with correct information. It’s National Library Week, so to honor the occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the candid […]

Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Illustrations

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

Baseball season has begun! In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library would like to present its rendition of the classic baseball song we all know and sing during the seventh inning stretch.  (Please note, since MGHL is located at Washington University in St. Louis … there might be a slight hometown bias.) Take me out to the ballgame […]

Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Paperback Art of George Ziel

By MGHL Staff on March 27, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

This week the talented and versatile Polish-born paperback artist George Ziel would have been 100 years old.  From the 1950s until his death in 1982, he drew many uncredited covers for romance, Gothic, and mystery paperbacks for the major paperback publishers including Avon, Dell, Fawcett Crest, Harcourt, Paperback Library, and Pyramid. Maigret And The Madwoman cover, […]

Enjoy Some Cream of Wheat for National Cereal Day

By MGHL Staff on March 7, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

March 7th is National Cereal Day!  To honor this occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the early 20th century advertising for Cream of Wheat, which debuted in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. by Leslie Thrasher, 1912 In the early 20th century, Cream of Wheat advertising became very prominent in the major magazines, including Saturday Evening […]

Sunny Skies for X-Men’s Storm

By MGHL Staff on February 27, 2014 in Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, Special Collections

In honor of Black History Month, Modern Graphic History Library looks at one of the most well-known African American comic book heroines — Storm, aka Ororo Munroe, of the X-Men. Cover by Arthur Adams, Classic X-Men #3, November 1986 Storm, the mutant heroine who can control the wind and rain, was introduced in 1975 in Giant-Size X-Men #1, […]