Illustration

A Look at the Innovative Bernie Fuchs

By MGHL Staff on October 29, 2014

Acclaimed illustrator Bernie Fuchs would have been 82 years old today.  The artist only lived to be 76, but influenced mid-century illustration like few other artists have. McCall’s, July 1964 Fuchs was born in O’Fallon, Illinois, a city less than 30 minutes east of St. Louis.  The ar...

An Eerie Sense of Deja-Vu : 1960s Gothic Romance Paperback Covers

By MGHL Staff on October 23, 2014

Halloween is approaching — so be prepared for the eerie and the spooky to come your way.  You may get a strange sense of deja-vu during this next week of spookiness, but that’s only natural since it is the week before Halloween. illustrations by Lou Marchetti for Lancer Books, 1965 (G...

In Fashion with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on October 16, 2014

Today would have been Al Parker’s 108th birthday.  When we think of Al Parker, we think of an innovative and experimental illustrator who took the magazine illustration world by storm during the 1940s.  He would become one of the most popular and in-demand illustrators for magazine fiction....

Smile! It’s National Dental Hygiene Month

By MGHL Staff on October 8, 2014

You will want to show everyone your pearly whites during the month since it’s National Dental Hygiene Month.  In honor of the occasion, Modern Graphic History Library presents dental-related vintage illustrated advertisements. Colgate advertisement by unknown artist, from Saturday Evening P...

His Impact Won’t Fade Away : A Look at C. Coles Phillips

By MGHL Staff on October 2, 2014

Artist and illustrator C. Coles Phillips would have been 134 years old this October.  He is best known for his “Fade Away Girl” illustrations. ad for Oneida silverware by C. Coles Phillips, 1911 These women would wear clothes the same color as the image background, causing them to ...

Take a Trip to the United Kingdom

By MGHL Staff on September 25, 2014

After last week’s referendum, it turns out that the United Kingdom will indeed stay united … at least for the time being.  Take an illustrated trip with Modern Graphic History Library to jolly ol’ England and the rest of the UK. by Robert Andrew Parker, date unknown You will wan...

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,...

Walk the Runway with Retro St. Louis Fashions

By MGHL Staff on September 11, 2014

Just because it’s Fashion Week in New York, that doesn’t mean we can’t have our own fashion show here in St. Louis.  From its offices on the lower level of a former Famous-Barr department store, Modern Graphic History Library presents a runway of retro St. Louis fashions. Empire...

Get Ready for Some Football With the David Boss Collection

By MGHL Staff on September 2, 2014

The NFL season starts this week.  In celebration, Modern Graphic History Library presents NFL football publications from the David Boss Collection. David Boss was an artist, illustrator, and photographer who was the Creative Director of NFL Properties for 26 years.  Boss was the artist who redesi...

Celebrate National Dog Day with Butch the Cocker Spaniel

By MGHL Staff on August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26 is National Dog Day.  To celebrate, Modern Graphic History Library looks at one of magazine illustration’s most famous dogs — Butch the Cocker Spaniel. by Albert Staehle, Saturday Evening Post, June 23, 1945 Butch was the pet of artist Albert Staehle, who was famous...