Austin Briggs: His Advertising Illustrations

The artist Austin Briggs was rightly celebrated for his masterly editorial illustrations for magazines through the 1940s and 50s. His art drew the reader right into the stories with a sense of drama and anticipation, like a good movie trailer. Somewhat ignored is the advertising work he did for clients like American Airlines, General Motors and TV Guide. The post World War era was bringing enormous changes in air travel, electronic communication and transportation. Here’s a small gallery of the work Briggs did during this period.

General Motors 1959

Gulf Oil Co. 1945

1945 vintage ad for Gulf oil. Two chilren shoveling snow while two men chat. Caption under illustration is "I just figure it's money well spent. Gulfpride is certainly worth the extra pennies!"

American Airlines 1950

TV Guide 1960

Gulf Oil Co. 1945

TV Guide 1960

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