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Take a Trip to the United Kingdom

By MGHL Staff on September 25, 2014

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 wan...

Visual Harmony : A Look At Classical Music Album Covers

By MGHL Staff on September 18, 2014

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,...

Walk the Runway with Retro St. Louis Fashions

By MGHL Staff on September 11, 2014

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...

Get Ready for Some Football With the David Boss Collection

By MGHL Staff on September 2, 2014

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 redesi...

Celebrate National Dog Day with Butch the Cocker Spaniel

By MGHL Staff on August 26, 2014

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...

Go Back to School with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on August 21, 2014

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, Connecti...

The Innovative Lines of Austin Briggs

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2014

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 ...

Cowabunga — Here Come the Ninja Turtles!

By MGHL Staff on August 7, 2014

Turtle Power returns to the big screen this weekend with a new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  While the turtles are now household names, 30 years ago, it all started as a joke. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were struggling comic book artists who were looking for their big break.  As a ...

Archie is Dead — Long Live Archie!

By MGHL Staff on July 31, 2014

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...

How to Raise the Perfect Family

By MGHL Staff on July 24, 2014

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 plent...