A Salute to John Gallagher, gag cartoonist

When I was a young teenager, I had dreams of being a gag cartoonist for the magazines. I remember leafing through old periodicals our neighbors were throwing out: The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, True, Look and others from the glorious 1950s, the golden age of the one panel cartoon. There were dozens of names I […]

The Art of Cakes and Pies: Famous Illustrators

Famous illustrators rendered mouth-watering art of cake and pies in glorious color. In the early part of the last century, almost all food advertising had to use art work, not photography. Color photography produced dark images that were not suitable for the printed page. Hams, canned vegetables and fruits and especially baked goods were illustrated […]

James Williamson: The Second Arrow Shirt Man

Everyone remembers Joseph Leyendecker’s square-jawed Arrow Shirt Man. He was an American icon through the Roaring Twenties. Leyendecker’s illustrations became a distinctive image representing the country’s prosperous Jazz Age. However, with American economy in the midst of the Great Depression in the early 30s, manufacturer Cluett Peabody began a new ad campaign for Arrow based […]

Decorative Food Art of Rene Clarke

The Decorative Food Art of Rene Clarke Browse hundreds more vintage ads and magazone covers for sale 1 Nobody drew and painted food like Rene Clarke. He joined the advertising firm of Caulkins and Holden in 1912, where he remained for 44 years. He became Art Director and served the last 7 years as President.  […]

Before Roland and Sylvester: William Steig’s Early Cartoons

Today we mainly think of William Steig as an award -winning author and illustrator of children’s books. But before his 1968 breakout career in that field (he was in his early 60s), he was a very successful cartoonist. He published over 1,600 drawings in all, including 117 covers for The New Yorker.  Back in the […]

Official Monroe Street Book T-Shirts

Dick Chodkowski, artist, humorist, freelance illustrator, and co-owner of Monroe Street Books has launched a new line of funny and edgy designs available online now. Book lovers and readers will love this literary t-shirt that pokes fun at the classics. Buy it here. Children and adults can’t resist the message in this a-mew-sing t-shirt with […]

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