Eye Candy for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. A time when a young man’s fancy gently turns to thoughts of… candy. To celebrate here’s a collection of great retro candy ads. Some of these treats are no longer found on the candy counters. In fact, most of the candy counters have also disappeared. Enjoy. Just don’t spoil […]

Peter Helck: Trucking

The illustrator Peter Helck was known for his expert renderings of machinery, especially trucks, trains and aircraft. He had a life-long fascination beginning as a boy in New York City watching the steam trains near Grand Central Station around the turn of the century. Later, his interests turned to painting and he became a commercial […]

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 […]

Artists who illustrated in the CEREAL WARS

Advertisers put illustrators to work painting adults and mostly children scarfing down all kinds of grains in all kinds of shapes. The idea of pouring milk on a bowl of cereal was a convenient and appealing answer to the problem of breakfast. Here’s some of the artists who succeeded in making it an everyday fixture […]

Before Danny the Dinosaur: The Early Cartoons of Syd Hoff

1 2 Syd HoffLike his fellow cartoonist, William Steig, Syd Hoff had a similar duel career. First as a successful and prolific cartoonist for most of his life, then as a best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. In 1958 Harper published Danny the Dinosaur which began his amazing run of over 60 titles he wrote […]

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