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Jazz Age Illustration

By Andrea Degener on January 20, 2016

A Modern Graphic History Library exhibit has been installed in the Ginkgo Room at Olin Library featuring illustrations from the Jazz Age. The reproductions on display feature illustrators John Held Jr., Henry Raleigh, Nell Brinkley, Georges Lepape, Władysław Teodor “W.T.” Benda and others. The il...

Jazz Age Illustration Exhibit

By Andrea Degener on January 20, 2016

A new exhibit has been installed in the Ginkgo Room at Olin Library featuring illustrations from the Jazz Age. The reproductions on display feature illustrators John Held Jr., Henry Raleigh, Nell Brinkley, Georges Lepape, and Władysław Teodor “W.T.” Benda and others. The illustrations...

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 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...

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...

Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

By MGHL Staff on April 23, 2014

April is National Lawn & Garden Month.  After the icy, cold winter we just had, it’s finally time to celebrate spring and get those gardens and lawns ready.  Find your gardening gloves, get out your lawn mowers, and let’s get started. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, May 1934 You&...

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 ...

Dreaming of Olympic Glory?

By MGHL Staff on February 12, 2014

Has watching the Winter Olympics made you dream of Olympic glory? illustrated by Bernie Fuchs, 1979 New York Telephone directory Well, you’d better start practicing.  Grab some skis and hit the slopes. illustrated by Bradshaw Crandall, Cosmopolitan, February 1941 It may take a while to get ...