Al Parker

Women in Pop Culture at the Modern Graphic History Library

By MGHL Staff on May 25, 2012

We’ve created a new research guide about mid-century depictions of women in popular culture. Women as girlfriends, wives, single girls, mothers, homemakers, workers, consumers, rebels, femme fatales, even superheroes…they’re all here. The guide provides an overview of what kind ...

Four Views of Music

By MGHL Staff on May 2, 2012

Because it’s been a little while since the last Four Views post, we thought it was time to do another. While “music” may seem a difficult thing to represent, our collections are so full of images related to the subject that it was difficult to only choose four. A few favorites a...

Double Exposure: Al Parker’s Illustrations, from Model to Magazine

By MGHL Staff on April 25, 2012

This week we’ve added a new online exhibit to our site: Double Exposure: Al Parker’s Illustrations, from Model to Magazine. For mid-century illustrators, photography was a means of composing a scene, creating realism, and capturing certain effects — such as light and shading ...

Advertisements at the Modern Graphic History Library

By MGHL Staff on March 29, 2012

We’ve created a new research guide about advertisements in the MGHL collections. The guide provides an overview of what kinds of advertisements are in our collections and how to find them, links to other digital image collections focused on advertisements, recommended books, and an image ga...

This Week in History: Norman Rockwell’s Fan Letter to Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on February 22, 2012

Although Al Parker had many admirers during his career, perhaps the most famous individual to send him a fan letter was fellow illustrator Norman Rockwell. Read the letter, written February 25th, 1948 (64 years ago this week), below.  

Four Views of Winter

By MGHL Staff on January 20, 2012

One of the benefits of the MGHL having such a diverse collection is seeing the different ways  illustrators portray a particular subject. With that in mind, today we’re highlighting a few winter scenes by Robert Andrew Parker, Al Parker, Jack Unruh, and Robert Weaver. Links to the finding a...

Happy Holidays from the Parkers

By MGHL Staff on December 28, 2011

Below is a selection of the Parker family’s holiday greeting cards. Al Parker’s wife Evelyn was a fellow artist he first met while studying at Washington University’s School of Fine Arts. The third card shows their daughter Susan’s name at the bottom ink red ink, suggestin...

The Famous Artists School’s Cartooning Lesson Book

By MGHL Staff on December 15, 2011

In 1948, illustrator Albert Dorne founded the Famous Artists School, a correspondence program for aspiring artists. Recruiting several other influential illustrators to be part of the project — including Norman Rockwell and Al Parker — Dorne and his colleagues distributed their curric...

Jane’s Blanket, illustrations by Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on February 28, 2011

Al Parker once illustrated a children’s book as part of a series of books published in the 1960s called “Modern Master Books for Children.” The book was Jane’s Blanket, by Arthur Miller. The first edition from 1963 is now a rare find. Here are some images from the book, in...

Al Parker’s Other Love

By MGHL Staff on February 14, 2011

Al Parker maintained a lifelong love affair with jazz, first picking up the saxophone, then the clarinet and later the drums.  Prior to art school, Parker played on his grandfather’s riverboat in St. Louis with his jazz group —  which prompted his grandfather to pay for Parker’s...