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How to Have the Perfect Marriage

By MGHL Staff on July 17, 2014

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...

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

By MGHL Staff on July 10, 2014

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 f...

Behind the Scenes at CBS with Robert Weaver

By MGHL Staff on July 2, 2014

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 calen...

It’s Swimsuit Season with Jantzen

By MGHL Staff on June 26, 2014

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 R...

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

By MGHL Staff on June 18, 2014

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, 1...

MGHL Welcomes the Atkin Family Collection of WWI Posters

By MGHL Staff on June 12, 2014

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 – 1...

Happy 80th Birthday Donald Duck

By MGHL Staff on June 9, 2014

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 Dis...

Off to the Races

By MGHL Staff on June 5, 2014

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...

Seeing through the Smoke of Vintage Cigarette Ads

By MGHL Staff on May 29, 2014

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 promote...

The Dark Knight Turns 75!

By MGHL Staff on May 22, 2014

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...