D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

The Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University is comprised of original art and printed material from many fields of popular American pictorial graphic culture. Focusing on 20th century illustration, the collection includes artists' working materials and sketches as well as original artwork from books, magazines, and advertising.

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Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By amywang 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 directe...

The Golden Age of Jell-O

By Christina Wang on June 21, 2017

“Jell-O, America’s favorite dessert.” As famously advertised in Ladies’ Home Journal and other women’s magazines as early as 1902, Jell-O was...