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Horses in Vintage Art: a Top 5 List (1896-1932)

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Horses in Vintage Art: a Top 5 List (1896-1932)

For us horse lovers, one of the things we miss the most while we are in quarantine is to visit our local stables. I know I do. So today I felt inspired to revisit this old love of mine in the hopes that soon we can all go out safely. In the meantime, enjoying vintage images of horses is always a fun thing to do. This isn't the first time I've written about horses. Early last year, I experimented with blog entries consisting of wordless image compilations. The first such entry was about horses, and you'll see many more images...

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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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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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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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