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The Innovative Lines of Austin Briggs

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2014

This past weekend, illustrator Austin Briggs would have been 106.  The transportation industry welcomed the artist into the world when he was born on August 9, 1908 in a private railway car on a siding in Humboldt, Minnesota.  Since his father was an electrical engineer who installed telegraphic ...

How to Raise the Perfect Family

By MGHL Staff on July 24, 2014

Now that you’ve had a successful wedding and are enjoying married life, it’s time for the next step … a family.  You are going to need lots of parenting tips.  Don’t fear — all you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations. There will be plent...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...