Walt Reed Illustration Archive

It’s Swimsuit Season with Jantzen

By MGHL Staff on June 26, 2014

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to try on swimsuits.  Let’s check out some ofJantzen‘s product line, known for its glamorous, stretchable, slimming swimwear. by George Petty, June 13, 1938 Jantzen swimsuits began as a special request from a member of the Portland R...

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...

Off to the Races

By MGHL Staff on June 5, 2014

This weekend marks the 146th Belmont Stakes and another chance at a Triple Crown winning horse.  To mark the occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at horse racing in illustration. race at Belmont Park, by Robert Weaver, New York Magazine, June 8, 1968 First stop … Belmont Park, the...

Seeing through the Smoke of Vintage Cigarette Ads

By MGHL Staff on May 29, 2014

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day.  On this day, health risks associated with tobacco use are highlighted and tobacco users are encouraged to decrease their consumption.  This week, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the way cigarette advertisements from the 1910s through the 1960s have promote...

Let’s Drink to Pepsi Advertisements for National Beverage Day

By MGHL Staff on May 6, 2014

Since May 6th is National Beverage Day, Modern Graphic History Library is featuring 1950s soft drink advertisements. In the 1950s, Coca-Cola still had the sales edge over Pepsi-Cola.  Coca-Cola’s advertisements focused on “refreshment.”  Coke was a drink for hostesses to include...

A Leg Up on Fashion with Vintage Hosiery Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 30, 2014

Seventy-five years ago today, the 1939 World’s Fair opened in New York, and DuPont debuted a new product that would dramatically impact the fashion industry.  It was “Polymer 6.6” but was given a more memorable name for its New York debut : nylon.  Stockings made of this new sil...

Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

By MGHL Staff on April 23, 2014

April is National Lawn & Garden Month.  After the icy, cold winter we just had, it’s finally time to celebrate spring and get those gardens and lawns ready.  Find your gardening gloves, get out your lawn mowers, and let’s get started. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, May 1934 You&...

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...

Hitting a Home Run with Baseball Illustrations

By MGHL Staff on April 2, 2014

Baseball season has begun! In celebration of this, Modern Graphic History Library would like to present its rendition of the classic baseball song we all know and sing during the seventh inning stretch.  (Please note, since MGHL is located at Washington University in St. Louis … there might...

Judging a Book by Its Cover: The Paperback Art of George Ziel

By MGHL Staff on March 27, 2014

This week the talented and versatile Polish-born paperback artist George Ziel would have been 100 years old.  From the 1950s until his death in 1982, he drew many uncredited covers for romance, Gothic, and mystery paperbacks for the major paperback publishers including Avon, Dell, Fawcett Crest, ...