Illustration

Jessie Wilcox Smith

By Andrea Degener on April 23, 2018

Jessie Wilcox Smith was a prolific illustrator during the early twentieth century. Her work was published in many of the leading magazines of the time, some of which include Collier’s, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, and Ladies’ Home Journal. Smith was also known for her illustrati...

The Reeses

By Andrea Degener on April 2, 2018

Walter and Emily Shaw Reese, known as The Reeses, are a husband and wife duo who produced illustrations predominately in the 1910s and 1920s. The recently digitized tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive highlight some of the advertisements and covers created by The Reeses. This post...

Al Parker Tear Sheets

By Andrea Degener on March 20, 2018

The Al Parker Collection at the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library contains many original works by the illustrator. Until recently, a number of these pieces could only be understood in the original form of gouache on board. Now, with the public collection of digitized tear sheets from the Walt R...

Lovely Subtext

By Andrea Degener on March 7, 2018

Many of the tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive were pulled from women’s magazines. The collection contains numerous fiction stories illustrating tormented love tailored specifically for female audience. As a collective whole, the tear sheets provide an interesting specimen ...

Robert Fawcett

By Andrea Degener on February 7, 2018

We will be highlighting some of the illustrator files that were digitized from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive as part of a CLIR Grant initiative. Many people from the Libraries assisted with adding metadata to the digitized files. One person in particular, Ian Lanius, Curatorial Assistant in ...

Over 150,000 Digitized Tear Sheets Now Available

By Andrea Degener on February 2, 2018

Two years ago, the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library was awarded a CLIR grant to digitize 150,000 tear sheets from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The digitized tear sheets are now publicly available through Shared Shelf Commons (soon to be rebranded as JSTOR Forum). Below are some highligh...

Advertising for Undergarments (1890s-1920s)

By amywang on June 23, 2017

The time around the turn of the 20th century was filled with cultural, social, and technological change. During this period, new technology directed production to large-scale manufacturing. Seeking to self promote, manufacturers branded their products, naturally leading to a need for sales promot...

The Golden Age of Jell-O

By Christina Wang on June 21, 2017

“Jell-O, America’s favorite dessert.” As famously advertised in Ladies’ Home Journal and other women’s magazines as early as 1902, Jell-O was a household favorite in the United States for almost a century. Today, Jell-O is most widely known as a childhood dessert or an alcoholic concoction;...

Modernist Design and the Children’s Magazine

By c.bosch on May 24, 2017

By the middle of the twentieth century, the notion of American periodical publications aimed at a younger readership was already well established. Early versions of children’s magazines appeared in the States as early as the late 1700s, and by the time Humpty Dumpty was launched by Parent’s Magaz...