Walt Reed Illustration Archive

Drawing Race in 1930’s Collier’s

By Noah on May 22, 2017

In the 1930’s Collier’s magazine represented a popular, progressive viewpoint on American culture. The magazine published articles by Winston Churchill on the significance of the U.S. constitution in the 20th century, as well as profiles skeptical of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany under Hi...

Spring Semester at MGHL

By Andrea Degener on May 16, 2017

This semester, students from D. B. Dowd’s course, Special Topics in Visual Culture: The Illustrated Periodical, visited the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to engage with a variety of materials from various collections. Throughout the semester, the materials were used in lectures and di...

Putting it back together

By Taylor Yocom on April 14, 2017

As a student worker for the MGHL, I have been cataloging magazine tear sheet illustrations from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive in Shared Shelf, a project funded by the CLIR Grant. The collection I’m currently working on features many illustrations by Frank Craig — made between 1874 and ...

A Very Esquire Christmas

By Andrea Degener on December 23, 2016

Esquire Magazine’s Christmas issue, published in December 1943, contains a wide variety of articles (everything from political to camp) interspersed with foldout pinups by Vargas in addition to numerous photography pieces and advertisements. One of the political pieces in this issue are the...

Between the Lines: The Illustrations of Frederic Varady

By Andrea Degener on December 1, 2016

Frederic Varady (1908-2002) had a distinctive style later in his career. When browsing through the Varady tear sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive, it was intersting to see how his style evolved throughout his career. His illustrations from the 1940s appear to be the typical two-color il...

Norman Rockwell and Race: Complicating Rockwell’s Legacy

By a.jegede on November 22, 2016

If you were to ask someone today what they think of when they hear “Norman Rockwell”, their answer will most likely involve simplicity, sentimentality, and “traditional” American values. They might even mention his highly famous “Thanksgiving picture” (more formally known as “Fr...

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 ...

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...