The Gallery — Golden Age Illustrators

Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

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Hats in Vintage Graphic Art: 1888-1939

One of the first things we tend to notice about the way people used to dress is that overwhelmingly common, (and today almost outlandish,) fashion accessory: the hat. It may seem strange to us today, but in this time period, hats were not just common--they were a requirement! To see someone without a hat in those days would have been roughly the equivalent of seeing someone without pants today. Shocking! And as can be expected, such a common practice inevitably found its way into the art of its time. Today we will be exploring the lost sartorial custom of hat...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1930-1936)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1930-1936)

In the 1930s, the days of Life magazine's tenure as a humor magazine were numbered. The magazine, which suffered a decline in subscriptions ever since the end of the First World War, was eventually sold to Henry Luce, the owner of Time Inc., in 1936, who subsequently rebranded it as a photojournalism magazine. The photojournalism itself, which depicted such momentous and iconic events as John F. Kennedy's assassination, the Moon Landing, the British Invasion, the Great Depression, The Vietnam War, and World War II, was very well done, and could easily have made John Ames Mitchell (the original editor in...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1920-1929)

Life magazine struggled during the 1920s, as it scrambled to find its voice and audience amid changes in popular taste. Even so, the covers haven't changed much at all, and we still see much of the playful humor and bizarre imagery that is characteristic of them. This is one magazine that held up well over those decades, and today we will continue our exciting journey as we explore the Life magazine covers of the 1920s.  5.) "Balance of Power" by F. X. Leyendecker (March 9, 1922): Aside from the delightfully playful nature of the subject matter, this cover is very...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1910-1919)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1910-1919)

To follow up on last week's post about the top five Life Magazine covers of the 1900s, I've decided to continue on with the top five covers of the following decade. This decade is stylistically more advanced, most likely owing to the magazine's enormous growth and success. Color printing can be found on just about every issue, whereas its use in the previous decade was much more timorous. Aside from this, some of these covers make much richer and more dramatic statements, and raise open ended questions about humanity. And even where they do not, it can't be denied that...

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1900-1909)

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Top 5 Life Magazine Covers (1900-1909)

One of the richest legacies left by any vintage magazine is the art it contains, and especially the cover, if done right. Life Magazine, especially, has left us with a superb array of artistic covers that, even today, arouse a sense of fascination and wonder. Three weeks ago, I took you on a journey through the history of Life Magazine's illustration, and today I decided to follow up on that by showing you the covers I personally like best. Let's get started. 5.) Her Day, by Charles Dana Gibson (July 2, 1903): Color will always make any design pop, and...

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