Cliff Condak

Visual Harmony : A Look At Classical Music Album Covers

By MGHL Staff on September 18, 2014

Back in August 1994, President Bill Clinton issued Proclamation 6716 stating the month of September to be Classical Music Month.  In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library looks at various illustrated album covers of classical recordings from the 1950s – 1970s. by Cliff Condak,...

Raise a Glass to Prohibition’s Repeal

By MGHL Staff on December 5, 2013

Eighty years ago today, Prohibition was repealed, ending a 13-year ban to manufacture, sell, import, or transport alcohol.  Technically speaking, the act of drinking alcohol wasn’t illegal. Editorial cartoon by Robert A. Cameron, Liberty Magazine, September 2, 1933 Editorials and political ...

The Murky Waters of Photography vs. Illustration

By MGHL Staff on September 12, 2013

When 60-year old Diane Nyad recently swam from Cuba to Florida, there were plenty of pictures to be seen in the news footage.  We saw video footage of her swimming and treading water by the boat, as well as shots of her exiting the water in Florida.  We know that her team was taking pictures [&he...

MGHL’s Gangster Line-Up

By MGHL Staff on June 26, 2013

Lately, there have been a lot of gangsters popping up in the news. Illustration by Cliff Condak, unknown date. In Boston, there’s the trial of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger while in suburban Detroit, the FBI used a mobster’s tip to justify digging up a field, in a continuing searc...

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...

Cliff Condak Collection Now Available

By MGHL Staff on April 14, 2011

The Cliff Condak Collection has been processed and the finding aid is now available to browse online. Here are some images from the collection. From America: an Illustrated Diary of its Most Exciting Years. Vol. 6 “The Evolution of the Soda Fountain,” 1973 Untitled Sketch, possibly Da...