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Searching for Lost Sleep in Vintage Advertising

By MGHL Staff on March 13, 2014

Now that Daylight Savings Time is upon us, we have sprung forward one hour in time.  Are you still missing that lost hour of sleep? by John Gannam, from Life, September 8, 1947 Beds were frequently featured in mid-twentieth century advertising, though not always for sleep-related products.  When ...

Enjoy Some Cream of Wheat for National Cereal Day

By MGHL Staff on March 7, 2014

March 7th is National Cereal Day!  To honor this occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the early 20th century advertising for Cream of Wheat, which debuted in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. by Leslie Thrasher, 1912 In the early 20th century, Cream of Wheat advertising became ...

Celebrate National Soup Month with Campbell’s Soup

By MGHL Staff on January 30, 2014

January is National Soup Month.  Let’s celebrate with some Campbell’s Soup. by Grace Drayon, from American Magazine, December 1923 The Campbell’s Soup Company was founded in 1869 (under a different name, the Joseph A. Campbell Preserve Company) and was originally focused on cann...

Tips for Eating Healthy

By MGHL Staff on January 15, 2014

A very popular New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and to lose some weight. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, October 1929 Self-help books are very useful.  Make sure to find a quiet place to read without any distractions. by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post, January 3, 1953 Look...

Side Effects of Downton Abbey Obsession

By MGHL Staff on January 2, 2014

As every Downton Abbey fan knows, season 4 begins shortly.  In one’s eagerness for the new season to begin, some strange side effects may start occurring.  Be aware that images unrelated to the show once seen will suddenly take on new meanings.  You’ve been warned… Take for inst...

Raise a Glass to Prohibition’s Repeal

By MGHL Staff on December 5, 2013

Eighty years ago today, Prohibition was repealed, ending a 13-year ban to manufacture, sell, import, or transport alcohol.  Technically speaking, the act of drinking alcohol wasn’t illegal. Editorial cartoon by Robert A. Cameron, Liberty Magazine, September 2, 1933 Editorials and political ...

Home for the Holidays

By MGHL Staff on November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  Are you having nightmares about not being ready? Cover by J.C. Leyendecker, November 24, 1917 Don’t worry…there’s plenty of time.  You still have one full day to bake all the pies and cakes that your dinner guests will devour. from Ladies Home ...

MGHL Welcomes the Walt Reed Illustration Archive

By MGHL Staff on November 8, 2013

We have some exciting news to share! We’re shouting it from the balconies … January 1, 1932 Vogue cover by Eric And calling everybody we know … November 1, 1902 Colliers cover by Edward Penfield We’ll travel all over just to get the word out … 1973 Corvette advertise...

Oodles of Poodles

By MGHL Staff on October 3, 2013

Saturday, October 5th is Poodle Day … by Harry Beckhoff, from an unidentified story, Today’s Woman, date unknown if you happen to live in Carmel, California.  It’s an annual event, including a big parade with poodles and their owners marching in the streets. For everyone else ou...

A Look at the Red Rose Girls

By MGHL Staff on September 5, 2013

In honor of Labor Day this past Monday, MGHL looks at women’s employment in the early 1900s. by Elizabeth Shippen Green, Harper’s, August 1904 Acceptable jobs for women were limited, with many unmarried women taking the standard positions as teachers, nurses, and shopkeepers. Typicall...