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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 ...

Celebrate “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day”

By MGHL Staff on January 22, 2014

Today is Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.  We suggest you start preparing your research, since you never know what question your cat may ask. by Stanley M. Arthurs, unknown publication and date Of course, the key to successfully celebrating this special day is to figure out exactly what ques...

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...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

By MGHL Staff on December 23, 2013

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, Santa is making his final preparations. He’s double-checking his naughty and nice lists. Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell, December 24, 1926 And he’s making sure he’s well-hydrated for the long trip (and where better to go...

Bests of Luck on Friday the 13th

By MGHL Staff on December 11, 2013

Friday the 13th is fast approaching… by Henry Bischoff from Collier’s, July 27, 1946 If you’re superstitious, that means that your Friday is certain to be filled with bad luck. by Peter Arno, from The New Yorker, June 4, 1960 The odds of having a black cat cross your path…...

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...

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...

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...

Gone to the Dogs with Jon Whitcomb

By MGHL Staff on August 28, 2013

Jon Whitcomb was known for his pictures of ideal, glamorous women in fiction illustrations and advertising during the mid-20th century.  It turns out that some of these glamorous women also had glamorous dogs. In honor of National Dog Day (which was this past Monday), Modern Graphic History Libra...

A Day at the Beach

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2013

If you watched any of the specials on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, you probably didn’t feel like going near the water anytime soon.  But now that Shark Week is over, you can relax and enjoy a shark free day at the beach. llustration by C.H. Freeman, Ladies Home Journal, September 1...