Category Archives: Illustration
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
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):
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.