Charles Craver Collection

Race, Ethnicity, & Identity at the Modern Graphic History Library

By MGHL Staff on August 29, 2012

We’ve created a new research guide for anyone interested in researching race and ethnicity in the Modern Graphic History Library’s collections. It provides an overview of what kind of materials and images we have and how to find them, relevant digital image collections, and recommende...

Mario Cooper Illustrating Agatha Christie

By MGHL Staff on August 15, 2012

During her lifetime, British mystery writer Agatha Christie published 66 detective novels. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s — the peak of Christie’s career — in the U.S. these works often first appeared as serials in magazines like Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and R...

Illustrator Spotlight: Harold von Schmidt

By MGHL Staff on June 21, 2012

This week we’re featuring the work of Harold von Schmidt, one of the most successful and important illustrators of the mid-twentieth century. The details of the illustrator’s early life read almost like fiction: Born in California in 1893, von Schmidt was orphaned at age 5. After a ye...

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 ...

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...

Illustrator Spotlight: Robert O. Reid

By MGHL Staff on February 29, 2012

As part of our recurring feature highlighting lesser-known illustrators, this week we’re showcasing Robert O. Reid. Although best known for his illustrations for Collier’s during the 1930’s and 40’s, Reid also did advertising work for companies such as Oldsmobile and Pabst...

Illustrator Spotlight: Harry Beckhoff

By MGHL Staff on December 6, 2011

MGHL’s Charles Craver Collection is comprised of tear sheets featuring the work of dozens of important midcentury illustrators, some more well-known than others. One the collection’s lesser-known illustrators that we think deserves a larger audience is Harry Beckhoff. From the late 19...

Illustrator Spotlight: Thelma Mortimer

By MGHL Staff on January 4, 2011

Continuing with highlights from the Charles Craver Collection, we bring you a few illustrations by Thelma Mortimer. During the 1930’s Mortimer’s work appeared in Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Home Companion, sometimes accompanying fiction, but more often illustrating Companion-B...