Walt Reed Illustration Archive

CLIR Grant Announcement

By Andrea Degener on January 4, 2016

We have exciting news to pass along. Washington University Libraries has received a $250,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources for the project titled Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive. The...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 Raise the Perfect Family

By MGHL Staff on July 24, 2014

Now that you’ve had a successful wedding and are enjoying married life, it’s time for the next step … a family.  You are going to need lots of parenting tips.  Don’t fear — all you need to know can be found in these vintage magazine illustrations. There will be plent...

How to Have the Perfect Marriage

By MGHL Staff on July 17, 2014

Last week we planned the perfect wedding.  Now, it’s time to figure out how to have wedded bliss.  Luckily, the illustrations in these vintage magazines can give us all the advice we need. The first step to having a successful marriage is … breakfast. by unknown artist, McCall’s...

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...