The automobile was a startling novelty in the first decades of the twentieth century.  Would the smoke-belching, dangerous contraptions become a part of American life? Riding the roads on wheels became an overnight sensation. Ads and magazine covers for the new vehicles filled the popular media and illustrated the new motor cars in all their […]

A Shermund Sampler

Several words come to mind when describing the work and life of Barbara Shermund: Feminist. Bohemian, Intelligent, Talented. Mystery. A feminist because Shermund was a woman cartoonist when they were scarce, especially at Esquire Magazine in the thirties. And her ladies weren’t dumb. Although she drew the typical showgirls, harassed secretaries and showgirls, she portrayed […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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