Al Parker

Celebrate National Cat Day with MGHL

By MGHL Staff on October 29, 2013

October 29 is National Cat Day.  The cats have been anxiously waiting since the dogs got their day back in August. You could celebrate this special day by offering your cat a tasty treat. by Earl Blossom, for Ambassador of Love, in Colliers, October 20, 1945. It’s probably best to stay away...

Al Parker’s Ever-Changing Style

By MGHL Staff on October 16, 2013

107 years ago today, Al Parker was born in St. Louis, MO.  He would later go on to graduate from the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University and eventually lead the change in the style of magazine illustration in the mid-20th century. When you think of Al Parker’s illustratio...

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...

MGHL Visits the Zoo

By MGHL Staff on July 16, 2013

Let’s enjoy this summer day with a trip to the zoo. The tigers are such majestic animals. Zoo Atlanta special event invitation, designed by Jack Unruh, 2000. The monkeys are always a fan favorite. Fiction illustration for Woman’s Home Companion by Al Parker, May 1935. We could go see ...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from MGHL

By MGHL Staff on June 13, 2013

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Father’s Day.  If you are still looking for a gift to give your dad, why not go with a tried and true, traditional gift: a necktie! Al Parker fiction illustration for Girl With A Briefcase by Ruth Lyons for Good Housekeeping, September 1956. Solid colo...

Join MGHL on a Picnic

By MGHL Staff on June 5, 2013

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 lin...

Get Ready For Swimsuit Season With MGHL

By MGHL Staff on May 29, 2013

It’s that time of year again: swimsuit season!  The quest to find the perfect swimsuit begins…and there are so many choices. Al Parker illustration from Ladies Home Journal, February 1947. For sunbathing on the beach while reading your magazines, you may want to try a Jantzen Velva-Lu...

Spring Cleaning at MGHL

By MGHL Staff on April 10, 2013

Now that it’s Spring, it’s time for all the fun and excitement that comes from spring cleaning.  Yes, spring cleaning is supposed to be fun– you will be smiling the entire time.  For those of you feeling skeptical about this and need proof, see below… For all scrubbing all...

Happy Spring from MGHL

By MGHL Staff on March 28, 2013

Spring 2013 has arrived, even if it doesn’t yet feel like it. Modern Graphic History Library wishes you warm thoughts and the hope your days will be more like this … and less like this … Both images are by Al Parker and appeared in Boys Life, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.  [...

Illustrated Letters in the MGHL Collections

By MGHL Staff on June 7, 2012

Sometimes words aren’t always enough: This week we’re featuring a handful of illustrated letters from the MGHL collections. Playful, affectionate, and humorous, the letters reveal not only something about the writer/artist, but also the relationship between him/her and the recipient. ...