The Gallery — 1920s

The Art of Century Magazine (1881-1921)

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The Art of Century Magazine (1881-1921)

Although Century Magazine was primarily a literary magazine, and from its early years was firmly established as such, the sheer volume of illustrations and advertisements make it a treasure trove of magazine art. Today we will be exploring this art and discussing how Century's changes in literary direction and readership have affected the visual art contained therein. For the sake of brevity, I'll only be focusing on the years 1881-1921, although the magazine itself continued until 1930. Prior to being renamed The Century, it was called Scribner's Monthly Magazine, (not to be confused with Scribner's Magazine, which was a separate...

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

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The Circus in Vintage Graphics (1903-1935)

Although not as popular today, the circus was always a sensation when it would come into town a century ago. Today, we will be celebrating this quaint form of entertainment through the graphics it inspired. But before we look at the graphics, some historical context is in order. The origins of the circus are complex and obscure, which has historians debating to this day. Some say it began in Ancient Rome, whereas others attribute the first circus to English equestrian Philip Astley, who put it on on April 4, 1768. Since the Roman circus was an altogether different affair from...

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Sheet Music Art of the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931)

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Sheet Music Art of the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931)

Last year, I wrote a blog entry about the Sheet Music Art of E. T. Paull, and the reason I did that was because of the visually stunning nature of the covers, which would arguably put them in a class of their own. This entry is more or less similar in concept, since the Ziegfeld Follies are likewise known to have produced some of the most visually stunning sheet music covers of that time period. To understand and appreciate the sheet music art, however, we first need to understand what the Ziegfeld Follies actually were. So we are going to...

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The Art of The Saturday Evening Post

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The Art of The Saturday Evening Post

Next to Life Magazine, there is perhaps one other periodical that boasts some of the most expressive covers around. The Saturday Evening Post, whose covers were graced by the likes of J. C. Leyendecker and Norman Rockwell, has had a long history continuing into the present day, (albeit at a much less frequent circulation rate.) In its humble beginnings in 1821, the Post was published in the same building that had previously occupied the Pennsylvania Gazette. (The Gazette was one of the most prominent magazines of the Revolutionary period, and is the same publication that printed Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join...

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Top 5 Sheet Music Covers of 1921

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Top 5 Sheet Music Covers of 1921

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted a list of the Top 5 Sheet Music Covers of 1920, and since that one turned out to be perhaps the most well received of all my blog posts, I thought this would be a perfect time to follow it up with another list of the Top 5 Sheet Music Covers of 1921. Here we go! 5.) Two Little Girls in Blue: The first thing that comes to mind when I look at this cover is the sheer boldness of it. From the bold lettering in the title to the boldly outlined figures...

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