Elegant pen work of Edwin Austin Abbey

Philadelphia-born Edwin Austin Abbey rocketed to artistic success early in life. He started his career as an artist producing illustrations for Harper’s Weekly Magazine when he was a teenager. He quickly established a reputation as a fine pen and ink artist and became a star in the Harper stable of illustrators. Later, he moved to […]

When Men Wore Hats. Seriously.

When guys really wore hats, before J.F.K. made them passe with his hatless public appearances, men wore them everywhere. Sporty hats, formal hats, top hats, caps, berets. While western hats (a.k.a. Cowboy Hats) are still popular in places today., (except for self-styled hipsters) the urban male has generally forsaken the topper. Maybe the nostalgic look […]

Leslie Saalburg | Dapper Dandies

Nobody epitomized quality men’s fashion back in the 1930s like Esquire Magazine and the artists who graced it’s pages with their illustrations. Names like Robert Goodman, George Hughes, Laurence Fellows and Leslie Saalburg rendered the latest in sartorial splendor for readers. Saalburg was probably the most prolific and also churned out advertising art for the […]

The Gentle Humor of Alajalov

Constantin Alajalov was a cartoonist who amused readers for decades with his humorous magazine covers that depicted everyday slice-of-life situations. He was born in Rostov, Russia and immigrated to the U.S. in 1923. He began doing odd jobs including painting a mural for a restaurant in New York city. His big break came when a […]

Celebrate Christmas with cartoon humor.

More of John Gallagher’s Cartoons

After my last post, I realized I had a bunch more of John Gallagher’s cartoons I wanted to share. Here’s another collection with more to come in the future.

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 […]

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 […]