The Dowd Modern Graphic History Library image collection is viewable to Washington University students and faculty on Artstor. If you are an outside researcher, email Skye Lacerte for access
Full Text Access to Harper’s Weekly and The Century
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“Thrill Seekers: The Rise of Men’s Magazines” charts the growth of men’s magazines from the 1940s to the 1960s. Drawing from collections in Washington University’s Dowd Modern Graphic History Library, this exhibit features artwork of some of the most prominent men’s magazines of the mid-twentieth century, such as Esquire, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune, as well as lesser-known pulp fiction and girlie magazines. Artists featured include Al Parker, Robert Weaver, Ernest Trova, Robert Andrew Parker, and Cliff Condak, among others.
Illustrators were among the first artists to treat the camera as an instrument for depicting artistic concepts. For the purpose of portraying fictional stories, illustrators became photographers, directing and posing models to represent characters and actions. Photography was an effective tool to create the realism required for illustration. The camera made it possible for the artist to capture certain effects, such as light and shading, which could not be obtained in other ways. The illustrator planned the composition of a photograph just as one would plan the composition of a drawing, giving careful attention to the models’ expressions and arrangement of the scene.
Curated by Denise Hannibal
Al Parker studied at Washington University’s School of Fine Arts from 1923 to 1928. During that time he contributed illustrations to editions of The Hatchet, Washington University’s yearbook and to the student humor magazine, The Dirge: Jest in Peace.
The Advertising for Women exhibition is a selection from the Charles Craver collection of tearsheets that range from 1927 to 1950. Most of the artists selected by Charles Craver who illustrated advertisements have campaigns included that were specifically targeted towards women.
Curated by Jennifer Moore
The Women at Work exhibition is a selection from the Charles Craver Collection of tearsheets. Twenty-five of the sixty-one illustrators collected by Charles Craver depicted women at work, notably Al Parker, Harry Beckhoff, Mario Cooper, Elmore Brown, and Roy Spreter.