Good Clean Fun: Vintage Soap Ads

Back in the day, bath soap had only two purposes: To get the dirt off and make you beautiful. Forget today’s body washes, bath bombs and aerosols. Grab a cake and lather up.  After framing, many of these vintage ads make great decorations for the bathroom. See hundreds of similar vintage magazine ads and covers […]

Edward Penfield: Master of the Poster.

Edward Penfield, while best known as the father of the American poster, was simply a master of graphic design and illustration. He studied at the Art Student’s League. Upon graduation he immediately found a job at Harper’s and served as the art director between 1891 and 1901. For five of those ten years he turned […]

Great Dog Illustrations

Who can resist a puppy picture? Here are some great vintage dog illustrations. These are tear sheets available at Monroe Street Books. Click the links below to purchase these great ads and covers. Suitable for framing. Check out all our Vintage Magazine Covers here. Monroe Street Books has a selection of books with dog illustrations. […]

John Gannam’s Amazing Watercolors

John Gannam was an extremely successful commercial illustrator whose life was something of a Cinderella story.  Born in Lebanon in 1905 as Fouzi Hanna Boughanam he came to America with his family in 1909. They settled in Chicago. Sadly, his father died when John was 14 and out of necessity he dropped out of school […]

Bundy’s Beauties

Born in 1911, Gilbert Bundy grew up in a number of oil boom towns throughout Oklahoma. His father was an oil company scout. After graduating high school, he went to work for a Kansas City engraving company. In 1929 he moved to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a cartoonist. He soon began […]

The Post Cereal you won’t find on your supermarket shelves.

In the late 1970s, the folks at General Foods wanted to test a new Post cereal. They came up with mini-waffle shape with lots of crunch and a sweet maple flavor. The creative group in the Los Angeles office of Ogilvy and Mather was given the assignment to come up with a name, packaging, ideas […]

La Gatta’s Lovely Ladies

I knew John La Gatta. Ok, knew might not be exactly the right word. But I was in the same room with him on a number of occasions. I was a greenhorn student at The Art Center School in Los Angeles in the early sixties, fresh out of high school and had delusions of becoming […]

A.B. Frost’s Early Street Sketches and Reportage

Arthur Burdette Frost’s early work was principally in pen line – like most book and magazine illustrations of the period. Line drawings reproduced better and were cheaper to engrave than halftone art. As one of Harper’s star artists, Frost was often sent out to cover articles on different parts of the country. Small towns and […]

Zany Trade Cards-Small ads of the late 1800s

One of the most popular forms of advertising for small businesses at the turn of the century were trade cards (small space ads).  They were about half the size of today’s postcard. And they were typically a pre-printed color image on the front.  The local businesses would print their own message on the blank reverse […]

A.B. Frost: The Sporting Art

Arthur Burdett Frost was one of America’s greatest artists. More than a famous magazine illustrator, who became best known for his sporting prints and paintings, he covered a wide range of subjects in his art. Frost’s depictions of the rural farmer, lowly shop-keepers and housewives, local politicians and black citizens of the old south were […]

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