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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.

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Magazine Covers–Pre-1920–Part 2 (Das Plakat)

Das Plakat, a German magazine, began in 1910 as an extension of Verein der Plakat Freunde (The Society for Friends of the Poster). Everything I know about Das Plakat I learned from an article by SVA’s own Steven Heller that he wrote for designtaxi.com. Read it now, and become illuminated!

We only have one proper cover of Das Plakat (Plakat means poster), a striking gold-metallic number from May 1914. The issue was devoted to European poster stamps.

The other items we have are not magazine covers, rather they are interior pages from various issues 1913-1915 (though I have decided they should live in the Magazine Covers folder so users can consider them together). Examples follow:

The next two pages feature works by Austrian painter, draftsman, illustrator, commercial graphic artist, typographer and writer Julius Klinger:

Julius Klinger in our book stacks:

Database: Visual Arts Library
Location: Main Stacks
Call Number: NK1550 .K5513 1985
Number of Items: 1
Status: Available
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Next is a poster advertising a Schützenfest (target shooting party) by Richard Schaupp:

And lastly the title page from the January 05, 1914 edition:

Magazine Covers – Pre-1920 – Part 1 (Magazines for girls, boys, and women)

So, magazine covers. I will try to do at least 1 post for each chronological subdivision, starting with pre-1920.

First, our oldest magazine cover, a very Victorian Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine, June 1874.

I must admit that I love the S's in "For Girls and Boys" though they do nothing to indicate playfulness or carefree childhood. Maybe it is for "naughty" girls and boys.

Next up, a patriotic Pearson’s from July 1900 featuring a very red, white, blue and  well-armed youth.

And how about this lot to accompany our youth; The Youth’s Companion, Thanksgiving Number for 1905.

Onward...

Jumping ahead 7 years with the same title, we have a softer, better rouged youth’s companion.

“The starlight’s cheery gleam, the moonlight’s calm,” a B&W, angelic companion for a woman, January 1901.

I am not sure what this January 1905 edition of Good Housekeeping is depicting, a housewife stealing away into the night on ice skates, clutching her pillow?

That’s bizarre, there’s only one ‘a’ in Bazar:

Magazine Covers–Alysha Colangeli

As an introduction to a series of posts I will be doing in the near future concerning Magazine Covers, I would like to present Alysha Colangeli’s collage, currently on display in the library. Alysha, a graduating Fine Arts student, has worked with me in the picture collection for the past 2+ years. I will be sad to see her go. She leaves us with this parting gift, completely comprised of color copies of magazine covers from our collection. She used at least one from every chronologically divided subdivision: Pre-1920, 1920-1929, 1930-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, 2010-2019. Please enjoy, and make sure to come take a gander in person.