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John Gannam’s Amazing Watercolors

In the field of commercial illustration we have, in the work of John Gannam, our Rodney Dangerfield. It’s not that other illustrators didn’t respect him. In fact, they were in awe of his talent. But the broader public and even many a casual observer of illustration and advertising in the 40s and 50s wouldn’t recognize […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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