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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 ...

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...

The Henry Raleigh Collection is now available for use!

By Alexis Peregoy on November 30, 2015

We are excited the announce that the Henry Raleigh Collection finding aid is now available online! Henry Raleigh was an American Illustrator, mostly active between 1910-1940. Known as the Gatsby Era Story Illustrator (Chris Raleigh), Henry created story illustrations for many well-known authors, ...

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...

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....

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...

The Innovative Lines of Austin Briggs

By MGHL Staff on August 14, 2014

This past weekend, illustrator Austin Briggs would have been 106.  The transportation industry welcomed the artist into the world when he was born on August 9, 1908 in a private railway car on a siding in Humboldt, Minnesota.  Since his father was an electrical engineer who installed telegraphic ...

How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

By MGHL Staff on July 10, 2014

Summer is the season for weddings.  In order to plan the perfect one, you don’t need to hire an expensive wedding planner.  Everything you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations. The wedding has to be just right.  After all, you’ve been dreaming about this f...

From Jeeves to Uncle Sam : The Legacy of James Montgomery Flagg

By MGHL Staff on June 18, 2014

James Montgomery Flagg, one of the most versatile artists of the early-mid twentieth century, would have been 137 today.  He was born in suburban Pelham Manor, New York (approximately 14 miles northeast of Manhattan) but was always interested in drawing urban life. Sunday Magazine, December 18, 1...

Celebrate National Golf Day with Women Golfer Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 10, 2014

April 10 has been designated as National Golf Day, most likely since the first professional U.S. golf tournament was held on April 10, 1916.  To commemorate this day, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way women golfer has been portrayed in magazine illustration and advertising. by Georg...