Al Parker

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. ...

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...