THE BERENSTAINS BEFORE THE BEARS

In 1962 Stan and Jan Berenstain took a new book concept to their publisher, Random House. The story featured a family of bears. Their editor,Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss.) loved it. It was published and to great success. Thus the Berenstein Bears Series was born and continued for 40 years. It became one of the most […]

Robert Fawcett: At the Scene of the Crime

From the moment he could hold a pencil, Robert Fawcett began to draw. It turned out he had a true talent for it. Born in England but raised mostly in Canada and then New York,  Fawcett dropped out of school at 14 to apprentice himself to an engraving shop and to work odd jobs until […]

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 On

The illustrator Peter Helck was known for his masterful renderings of machinery, especially trucks, cars, trains and aircraft. When he was a boy in New York City around 1900 he would watch steam locomotives near Grand Central Station. That lead to a life-long fascination with engines and machinery. He became a commercial artist, but his […]

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

Syd Hoff was a prolific cartoonist, writer, children’s book author and illustrator.  Born in 1912, he started drawing when he was four and never stopped. Serendipitously, when Hoff was in high school, cartoonist Milt Gross came to give a talk, saw Hoff’s work and predicted that someday Hoff would be a great cartoonist. On the […]

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