Join MGHL on a Picnic

You are all invited to come on a picnic with Modern Graphic History Library.  We’d better hurry up and go, before it starts to rain again.

First, we will need proper hats. A Spring hat won’t do, and a Summer Hat is too dressy.


Article from Ladies Home Journal, July 1911.

A striped linen hat makes a smart-looking outing hat.

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Illustration from Ladies Home Journal, July 1911.

Perhaps a hat with a giant satin ribbon is more to your liking.

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Illustration from Ladies Home Journal, July 1911.

As for food, no picnic can go wrong with Post Toasties. It’s ready for immediate use by adding some milk and sugar.  There’s no fear from contamination from dust because of its double-sealed package.  Plus, its convenience saves the bother of having to plan the meal.

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Advertisement from Ladies Home Journal, July 1913.

We will need a way to transport the milk for the cereal.  For $1.95, we can purchase a Universal multi-cup vacuum quart bottle.  A Universal is “the best friend a picnic ever had.”  It promises to keep our liquids cold for 72 hours, but we should be finished eating before then.

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Advertisement from Delineator, July 1929.

Now that the food is ready, we need a way to get to our picnic location.  Luckily, we’ve got Pontiac Six, which only cost $745.  The efficiency of the car makes it low-cost so we can use it often for drives to the countryside for our picnics.  Don’t forget to bring a book to read, or some swimgear for fun in the water afterwards.

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Advertisement from McCalls, June 1930.

Hopefully we won’t encounter any ants…

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Illustration by Robert Andrew Parker, date unknown.

Otherwise someone could end up in tears…

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Fiction illustration by Al Parker, for Baird Hall’s Blaze of Glory, Ladies Home Journal, September 1936.

If that does end up happening, feel free to just go on and finish eating.



Robert Andrew Parker’s ant is from the Robert Andrew Parker Collection, and Al Parker’s fiction illustration is from the Charles Craver Collection.  The advertisements and magazine articles are from the Periodicals Collection. Please check out the linked finding aids for more information about these collections.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.