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 […]

Before Danny the Dinosaur: The Early Cartoons of Syd Hoff

1 2 Syd HoffLike his fellow cartoonist, William Steig, Syd Hoff had a similar duel career. First as a successful and prolific cartoonist for most of his life, then as a best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. In 1958 Harper published Danny the Dinosaur which began his amazing run of over 60 titles he wrote […]

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