Walt Reed Illustration Archive

Searching for Lost Sleep in Vintage Advertising

By MGHL Staff on March 13, 2014

Now that Daylight Savings Time is upon us, we have sprung forward one hour in time.  Are you still missing that lost hour of sleep? by John Gannam, from Life, September 8, 1947 Beds were frequently featured in mid-twentieth century advertising, though not always for sleep-related products.  When ...

Enjoy Some Cream of Wheat for National Cereal Day

By MGHL Staff on March 7, 2014

March 7th is National Cereal Day!  To honor this occasion, Modern Graphic History Library looks at the early 20th century advertising for Cream of Wheat, which debuted in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair. by Leslie Thrasher, 1912 In the early 20th century, Cream of Wheat advertising became ...

Happy Birthday St. Louis

By MGHL Staff on February 20, 2014

The City of St. Louis turns 250 years old during 2014.  Since historians do not know the official date of the city’s founding, it was decided to start the year-long celebration this February.  In honor of this celebration, Modern Graphic History Library, a part of Washington University in S...

Dreaming of Olympic Glory?

By MGHL Staff on February 12, 2014

Has watching the Winter Olympics made you dream of Olympic glory? illustrated by Bernie Fuchs, 1979 New York Telephone directory Well, you’d better start practicing.  Grab some skis and hit the slopes. illustrated by Bradshaw Crandall, Cosmopolitan, February 1941 It may take a while to get ...

Celebrate National Soup Month with Campbell’s Soup

By MGHL Staff on January 30, 2014

January is National Soup Month.  Let’s celebrate with some Campbell’s Soup. by Grace Drayon, from American Magazine, December 1923 The Campbell’s Soup Company was founded in 1869 (under a different name, the Joseph A. Campbell Preserve Company) and was originally focused on cann...

Celebrate “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day”

By MGHL Staff on January 22, 2014

Today is Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.  We suggest you start preparing your research, since you never know what question your cat may ask. by Stanley M. Arthurs, unknown publication and date Of course, the key to successfully celebrating this special day is to figure out exactly what ques...

Tips for Eating Healthy

By MGHL Staff on January 15, 2014

A very popular New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier and to lose some weight. by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, October 1929 Self-help books are very useful.  Make sure to find a quiet place to read without any distractions. by Norman Rockwell, Saturday Evening Post, January 3, 1953 Look...

Happy Birthday John Held Jr.

By MGHL Staff on January 9, 2014

Illustrator and cartoonist John Held, Jr. (1889 – 1958) would have been 125 years old this week. The Girl Who Went For A Ride In A Balloon, Life, January 14, 1926 Held’s artwork helped to define the Roaring Twenties era of the short-haired, bead-twirling, fun-loving flapper.  His flapper il...

Side Effects of Downton Abbey Obsession

By MGHL Staff on January 2, 2014

As every Downton Abbey fan knows, season 4 begins shortly.  In one’s eagerness for the new season to begin, some strange side effects may start occurring.  Be aware that images unrelated to the show once seen will suddenly take on new meanings.  You’ve been warned… Take for inst...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

By MGHL Staff on December 23, 2013

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, Santa is making his final preparations. He’s double-checking his naughty and nice lists. Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell, December 24, 1926 And he’s making sure he’s well-hydrated for the long trip (and where better to go...