Category Archives: Illustration

Illustration – Children’s Books

We recently received a donation of over 30 beautiful, though decrepit, children’s books from the early 20th century. The haul gave the existing Illustration – Children’s Books category a hefty influx of content and prompted us to divide the subject chronologically as follows:

Illustration – Children’s Books – Pre – 1920’s

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1920-1929

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1930-1939

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1940-1979

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1980-1989

Illustration – Children’s Books – 1990-Present

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

"The Tale of Betsy Butterfly", 1918. Written by Arthur Scott Bailey  Illustrated by Harry L Smith

“The Tale of Betsy Butterfly”, 1918.
Written by Arthur Scott Bailey
Illustrated by Harry L Smith

 

 

 

Harper's, 1902. Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

Harper’s, 1902.
Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

 

 

Harper's, 1902. Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

Harper’s, 1902.
Illustration by Elizabeth Smippen Green

 

 

 

 

"Adventures in Animal Land", 1926. Illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts.

“Adventures in Animal Land”, 1926.
Illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts

 

 

 

"Friends: A Primer", 1936.  Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

“Friends: A Primer”, 1936.
Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

 

 

"Friends: A Primer", 1936.  Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

“Friends: A Primer”, 1936.
Illustrated by Marguerite Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Illustration – Westvaco (1927-1954) Part 2

Continued from a previous post…

n. 181 (1950)

n. 180 (1950) Title Page

n. 180 (1950)

n. 180 (1950)

n. 180 (1950)

 

n. 180 (1950)

 

n. 180 (1950) Inside Cover

 

n. 177 (1949)

 

 

 

Illustration – Westvaco (1927-1954) Part I

Tucked away in the 130+ years of the Picture Collection’s Illustration categories is a sub-category with its feet in four decades. Illustration – Westvaco (1927-1954) contains 40 issues of The West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company’s publication Inspiration for Printers. Unlike the majority of content in the Picture Collection, this category contains whole magazines (as opposed to mounted individual sheets culled from magazines, books, pamphlet, etc.). It featured reprints of advertisements as well as original art and design and was itself an advertisement aimed mostly at designers and advertising agencies. The idea was to showcase paper types and printing processes to encourage the sale of paper and services. They are gorgeous and their continued vibrancy is a testament to the superior quality.

From the inside cover of n. 105 (1937):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Title page to n. 35 (1927).

n. 35 (1927) Canadian Pacific Cruises Ad. Prepared by Ray D. Lillibridge Inc., and painted by Maurice Logan. Printed on Sterling Enamel 25×38-100.

Howard Willard Referenced Cover Below

n. 116 (1939)

n. 116 Inside Cover (1939). Halftone Illustration, 133-Line Screen, By Melbourne Brindle, Depicting the Pineapple Industry of Hawaii, From and advertisement of the Hawaii Tourist Bureau, Prepared by Bowman Deute Cummings, Inc.

Cover n. 41 (1928)

n. 41 (1928). “The Midnight Express” courtesy of the Cadillac Motor Car Company. Printed by offset lithography.

n. 105 (1937) Title Page.

n. 129 (1941)

n. 158 (1946) 

n. 177 (1949)
Painter: Robert Kuhn
Art Director: Kenneth Paul
Advertiser: Ethyl Corporation
Agency: Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne Inc.
Engraving: Four color process, 120 line screen

More samples to come in a future post…

Magazine Covers — 1930-1939

From February 1930 we have some exceedingly (borderline illegible) Gothic type on an issue of Velhagen & Klasing Monatshefte. Velhagen & Klasing was a German publishing house, and this was apparently one of their journals. According to  http://www.burchfreunde.de, it was some sort of catch all humanities title with poetry, fiction, art, lit criticism, & etc.. I have included a detail of the middle (because I adore it), which features some Pisces fish, a very cute cat, and an explosion of cheer.

I find the next piece to be a sophisticated little piece of design, as well as a very telling artifact from the advertising community. There is a ghostly heard of identical consumers not only in cross-hairs, but also under the auspicious gaze of a giant graphic eye.

Starting in 1896, House Beautiful is the longest running “Shelter Magazine.”

We have quite a few Etude covers, an American music magazine, but none with gypsies as well dressed as the ones featured on this October 1930 issue.

As mentioned before, we have Travel covers from several different decades. I love the flourish of the v as it “travels” to the l. And once again, the depth of color is pretty astonishing.

A very clever illustration from Vanity Fair contrasting the fat cat 1920’s with the hobo 1930’s, utilizing newspaper stock market report cutouts.

And a very stiff-jawed Katharine Hepburn. We have a number of other Vanity Fair covers, do stop in and see them.