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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...

Strike Up the Band for Robert Andrew Parker’s Birthday

By MGHL Staff on May 14, 2014

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 afte...

Let’s Drink to Pepsi Advertisements for National Beverage Day

By MGHL Staff on May 6, 2014

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...

A Leg Up on Fashion with Vintage Hosiery Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 30, 2014

Seventy-five years ago today, the 1939 World’s Fair opened in New York, and DuPont debuted a new product that would dramatically impact the fashion industry.  It was “Polymer 6.6” but was given a more memorable name for its New York debut : nylon.  Stockings made of this new sil...

Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

By MGHL Staff on April 23, 2014

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&...

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

By MGHL Staff on April 17, 2014

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 ho...

Celebrate National Golf Day with Women Golfer Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 10, 2014

April 10 has been designated as National Golf Day, most likely since the first professional U.S. golf tournament was held on April 10, 1916.  To commemorate this day, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way women golfer has been portrayed in magazine illustration and advertising. by Georg...

Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 2, 2014

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...

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

By MGHL Staff on March 27, 2014

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, ...