Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

The Reeses

By Andrea Degener on April 2, 2018

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...

Al Parker Tear Sheets

By Andrea Degener on March 20, 2018

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 R...

Lovely Subtext

By Andrea Degener on March 7, 2018

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 ...

Robert Fawcett

By Andrea Degener on February 7, 2018

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 ...

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018

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 highligh...

WWI Collections: The Atkin Posters

By Rose Miyatsu on December 7, 2017

One of Washington University in St Louis’s most spectacular WWI holdings is a collection of more than 400 WWI recruitment and propaganda posters, originally collected by Louis and Jodi Atkin, who donated the collection to Wash U in 2014. Louis Atkin assembled his collection by searching though an...

Emmett Till: What Were We Seeing Then, What Are We Saying Now?

By l.sylvander on August 9, 2017

October 3, 1955: Life publishes Frank McMahon’s illustrations from the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers. Often considered the full igniting spark of the civil rights movement, Till’s lynching continues to provoke conversations surrounding race relations in the United States toda...

Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By Andrea Degener on June 23, 2017

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 promot...

Animated Filmmaker R.O. Blechman’s Ink Tank Collection Comes to WU

By Jaleen Grove on June 22, 2017

A significant collection of works and documents from the animation studio The Ink Tank, owned and operated by cartoonist and animator R.O. Blechman 1977 – 2004, is finding a permanent home in the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis. The Library specializ...