Illustration

Political Cartoons of 1908 and 1912

By Maria Dorfman on November 7, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election so rapidly approaching, it seems only fitting to look back at past elections for insight and perspective. The political cartoons of the 1908 and 1912 presidential campaigns are particularly illuminating, as they so clearly depict the same shifting balances of p...

Fendi Loves Kay Nielsen (and so do we!)

By l.sylvander on September 28, 2016

One glance at Kay Nielsen’s infectiously whimsical illustrations and you know they were meant to be brought to life. Luckily, Karl Lagerfeld did just that for the Fendi Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Haute Couture collection. The show this past July featured a number of modern-day princesses (Bella ...

Pike Exhibit – Strategies: Working on Site, Spring 2016 Projects

By Jennifer Akins on September 26, 2016

Professor Jeff Pike’s Strategies: Working on Site, Spring 2016 Projects will be on view in our interior case through October 21, 2016. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, students designed and created these printed, bound books which are an analysis of a place, event or an activity. P...

What’s Happening at MGHL: Arrow Collar & Bishop Family Collections

By Andrea Degener on July 20, 2016

Two new MGHL collections are processed and ready for use. The Arrow Collar Collection and Bishop Family Collection can be browsed through online finding aids or by making an appointment to view the collections. The Arrow Collar Collection was donated by Washington University alum Michael Murphy. ...

Typography Tuesday: Highlights from the Al Parker Collection

By Andrea Degener on May 31, 2016

For today’s inaugural Typography Tuesday post, we are looking at some of the excellent examples of hand-drawn typography in the Al Parker Collection. When looking at pieces in the Al Parker Collection, it becomes apparent how aware he was of both text and image and the need for both to work...

Announcing the Walter Baumhofer Collection

By Andrea Degener on April 15, 2016

This week, the Modern Graphic History Library received a shipment of items from the late illustrator Walter Baumhofer. Walter Baumhofer was known as the King of Pulps. He enjoyed a long and studious career. He started creating illustrations for Adventure Magazine and would go on to create over 50...

What’s Happening at MGHL: The Walt Reed Collection

By Andrea Degener on March 29, 2016

Last week, MGHL staff were busy unpacking and sorting several shipments that will be processed as part of the Walt Reed Collection. The shipment contained a variety of items relating to illustration throughout the twentieth century from Illustration House in New York. We received a variety of pho...

Research at MGHL

By Andrea Degener on March 1, 2016

The materials at the Modern Graphic History Library serve a diverse research interest. Since the start of 2016, MGHL has already a number of distinct research requests. Materials have been pulled from numerous collections, some of which include the Al Parker, Chwast, Firecracker Press, Robert And...

Gallows with Lightning Rod: A Talk by Ryan Standfest

By Andrea Degener on February 23, 2016

On Thursday, March 3, artist and publisher Ryan Standfest will lecture at Olin Library’s Gingko Room at 5:00. Standfest is editor of ROTLAND PRESS, a small publishing house located in Detroit (founded 2010). The Press issues printed projects that promote subversive humor— be it black, dark, gallo...