Just a little surprise I found in a box of Japanese magazines that was shipped to me last January from the UK.
Along with ads of yore, I also love a good magazine cover.
From my collection, here’s The Countryside Magazine and Suburban Life’s cover for April 1917 (Spring Planting Number) with art by Paul Bransom.
The New York Times has a rather fine obituary/biography of the “Dean of American Animal Artists” here.
Art by E.W. Kemble. Scan by me of a photo purchased on eBay of a copy of a photo of a photo of a scan* of a photo of a page in the June 29, 1904, issue of Puck magazine. If any of you happen to have a copy of that issue handy, please sent it to me as I have been on the hunt for it for years.
In honor of Independence Day, here’s one of my favorite magazine covers in my collection — The July 1926 issue of The Country Gentleman with cover art by American artist (painter/illustrator/muralist) N.C. Wyeth. It was also one of the more elusive magazines for me to track down, but totally worth it.
It’s nice to see Wyeth’s biography is a lot more complete and accessible online than many other illustrators of the era, but sad to find his life ended by a freight train.
Also, it’s no surprise that horses really aren’t very fond of fireworks. Be kind, y’all.
“Let me know when we get to Mars.”
“We passed Mars ten planets ago, ma’am.”
This early cartoon/comic/illustration/panel is weird, wonderful and a work of art. It’s as if Jules Verne and Mark Twain had a baby, and I dig it.
The Artist is F.W. Read, but there is scant info online except for a few other pieces of work and that he/she studied in Paris at Académie Julian in 1891. If you know more, please let me know!
“Oh, you’re practicing social distancing in the future? What a shame. Well… I guess I’ll just have to help myself to your Gin Rickey and the rest of the pitcher too!”
Maxfield Parrish must have been a masochist, because this is a painting of his. He CHOSE to paint this insane checkered pattern. I wonder if he ever tried plaid?
Walt Kuhn for Life humor magazine, December 13, 1906
One of the finest Halloween covers in American magazine history.
Art by the brilliant Earl Oliver Hurst.