Graphic Relics / illustration

We've changed our name and mission

We've changed the name of our eCommerce site, formally to The site will now feature vintage and eventually more contemporary eps vector clip art. Our inventory still includes all of the vintage ephemera previously available on the site. In the future we hope to include T-shirts and additional products featuring our clipart and ephemera products. You can still reach our site with the URL.

The clipart on our site is re-created from ephemera in my own collection, colleagues collections and web images. I've attempted to identify images that are either in the public domain or include a creative commons license that does not require attribution. However makes no guarantees or warranties regarding copyright or ownership. Images must be used at your own risk.

Though none of the images on our site is "pixel perfect", I'm made every attempt to trace and render eps vector images that are crisp and clean at any size. Some of the individual files took hours to clean-up and I think you'll find them to be "a cut above" many of the "traced" vector files available on our competitor's sites which often appear overly simplified or clearly digitized.

I have thousands of images that still need to be traced and will be updating the site regularly with new clipart images. Don't hesitate to email me if you're interested in specific images or categories. I'm happy to prioritize my efforts.

Below is an example of one of our clipart images, enlarged to show detail. Click on the image to view a larger size.

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Uncle Wiggily Longears


Uncle Wiggily Longears is the principle charter in a series of children's stories written by Howard R. Garis. The stories first appeared in the Newark News in 1910 and where syndicated in 1915. The stories chronicle the adventures of an elderly rabbit with rheumatism and his woodland friends. Uncle Wiggily lives with Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy. According to Garis's obituary the Uncle Wiggily series was originally inspired by a walk in the New Jersey woods. Click here to view "Uncle Wiggily's Library "box set" in our store.

Uncle Wiggily stories where often concluded with poetic verse introducing the next story, a signature of Garis. The quirky prose seemed strange and incongruous but I looked forward to the poems at the end of every story when I was a child. I've sited a couple examples below.

So if the vinegar jug doesn't jump into the molasses barrel and turn
its face sour like a lemon pudding, I'll tell you next about Uncle
Wiggily and the winter green.

And in the next story, if the top doesn't fly off the coffee pot and let the baked

potato hide away from the egg-beater, when they play tag, I'll tell you
about Uncle Wiggily and the slippery elm.

Garis wrote an Uncle Wiggily story every day (except Sundays) for more then 30 years, amassing a collection of more than 15,000 stories and 35 volumes. Garis also wrote 32 books in the Tom Swift series under the pen name "Victor Appleton" and contributed to many other popular children's series throughout is life.

Below is one of the Tom Swift books Garis wrote.

Howard Roger Garis was born on April 25, 1873 in Binghamton, New York and died in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 6, 1962. Garis graduated from Binghamton High School and attended Stevens Institute of Technology at Hoboken, New Jersey. Garis began his career as a newspaperman for the Newark Evening News in 1869. Soon afterward he began writing the Uncle Wiggily series. Garis published aproximatly 500 books before his death in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1962. He also created several games including the popular "Uncle Wiggily" game.

The below Uncle Wiggily story is from the "Uncle Wiggily and His Friends." series. This particular book is part of a box set dated 1939 and illustrated by George L. Carlson. Carlson was just one of several illustrators featured in the Uncle Wiggily Stories. Other illustrators included Lansing Campbell, Louis Wisa, Elmer Ache, Edward Bloomfield, Lang Campbell and Mary and Wallace Stover. George Carlson just happens to be one of my favorites. Perhaps it's because the Uncle Wiggily books my parent's shared with me as a child featured his work. The fanciful drawings bolstered Uncle Wiggily's storybook identity.

Below is a tribute to the illustrator George Leonard Carlson (1887 - 1962) published in the Bridgeport Telegram in Bridgeport Connecticut, September 27, 1962. Carlson was buried in the Mountain Grove Cemetery. The cemetery was designed by P. T Barnum, who himself is burred there.

GEORGE CARLSON SERVICES FRIDAY Services will take place Friday for George L. Carlson of 13 Shoreham Village drive, Fairfield, artist and caricaturist, who died yesterday in his home. They will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Larson funeral home, 2496 North avenue, by the Rev. Blaine H. Zimmerman of the Long Hill Baptist church. Burial will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery. Also an illustrator and designer, Mr. Carlson was born in New York city. A former Westport resident, he had resided in this area for more than 40 years. Contributed to the "Crypt" Mr. Carlson was chosen as a contributor for "The Crypt of Civilization" project, a panel of history of communication since the times of Egyptians, which will remain sealed and preserved in Oglethorpe university, Atlanta, Ga., until 8113 A.D. His best known illustration is considered to be the jacket for the book, "Gone with the Wind." Upon coming to America from England, his mother obtained employment in the home of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War hero who later became president of the United States. She was commended in a letter by Grant, and was among who walked over Brooklyn bridge on the first day of its use. Before turning to cartooning at the turn of the century, Mr. Carlson worked in several New York shops and factories. Studied Caricature He studied in the National School of Caricature, started by Dan McCarthy, political cartoonist for the New York World; the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students league of New York City. Mr. Carlson started as illustrator about 47 years ago with "John Martin's Book." children's magazine, by which he was employed until 1933 when publication was suspended. He created "Peter Puzzlemaker," widely-circulated, for the "Book." He had also been puzzle editor for the Girl Scout magazine, and worked with St. Nicholas magazine, Scribner's, Life, Judge and many others. He had drawn travel books for such ships as the Queen Mary, to launch innumerable enterprises. Aided C of C Project Mr. Carlson contributed works to promote the 1938 Father's Day picture contest, sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, and was a judge for the event. In addition to commuting to work in New York, he had maintained a studio in his home at Redfield road, Fairfield, until he moved to his present address sometime after 1940. He was a member of the Baptist Temple of Bridgeport; and past historian of the George Anderson post, American Legion, World War I. Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Jorth Carlson, who operates a greeting cards shop in Southport; two daughters, Mrs. June Bishop of Roxbury, and Mrs. Alice Morgan of Oceanside, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Eleanor M. Wilson, of Alexandra, Va.; a brother, Edward O. Carlson, of Mommouth Beach, N.J.; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Click on the highlighted text to learn more about Uncle Wiggily, Howard Garis and George Carlson

Click here to read the interesting account of Lynn Way; "How Uncle Wiggily Taught Me to Read."

Syracuse University has consolidated a large collection of personal and public papers associated with Howard Garis and the Uncle Wiggily stories. Click here to learn about the collection.

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Early Fortune Magazines, (Some of the most beautiful cover designs to date)

Sadly In an age of computers, market research and tight budgets few magazines approach the the level of quality and creativity embraced in years past. Early popular magazines often featured beautifully rendered cover art usually reserved for more esoteric, "fine art" publications today.

Fortune Magazines from the 30s, 40s and 50s are arguably some of the best examples of magazine design to date. The illustrators who's work graced Fortune's covers reads like a who's who among fine and graphic artists. Much of this cover art still appears modern today, some 60 or 70 years after they were originally conceived.

Fortune, a global business magazine, was the brain child of Henry Luce. The magazine was launched in February 1930, four months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Briton Hadden, Luce's partner, was skeptical but Luce went forward with it after Hadden's sudden death, also in 1929. The first issue cost $1 at a time when the Sunday New York Times sold for only 5¢. Previous business publications were little more than stats and numbers printed in a single color. Fortune was over-sized, employed expensive printing techniques and included dazzling photography. The acclaimed photographer Walker Evans served as Fortune's photography editor from 1945 until 1965.

During his career Luce launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism, including; Time, Life, Fortune and Sports Illustrated. With the addition of radio projects and newsreels, Luce created one of the first multimedia corporations.

Henry Luce was born in 1898 in Tengchow, China and died in 1967. His father was a Presbyterian missionary in China. Luce was educated in various Chinese and English boarding schools and was sent to the United States at the age of 15 to attend the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut followed by Yale College.

Luce met Briton Hadden, his future business partner at Hotchkiss. The two continued to work together at Yale, with Hadden as a chairman and Luce as managing editor of The Yale Daily News. After being voted "most brilliant" of his class at Yale, he briefly parted ways with Hadden to embark on a year of studies at Oxford University. During this time he worked as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News. In 1921 Luce rejoined Hadden to work at The Baltimore News.

Both at the age of 23, Luce and Briton quit there jobs at the Baltimore News in 1922 and formed Time Inc. Having raised $86,000, the first issue of Time was published on March 3, 1923. Luce remained editor-in-chief of all his publications until 1964, several years before his death.

Click here to learn more about Henry Luce on Wikipedia and click here to learn more about Fortune Magazine. Click here to see some Fortune's magazine covers threw the 1950s.

Below is a photo from 1954 of Luce with his wife Clare Boothe Luce, a famous playwright and politician. The photo is compliments of The Library of Congress, via Wikipedia.


Below is a March 1948 edition of Fortune magazine. Click here to view the listing in our store.

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OldBrochures on Pinterest

We've recently posted images from nearly all of our brochures and ephemera to our Pinterest page;

The brochures are currently in three categories. Click on the below "Titles" to access the coresponding pinterest page.

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A Tribute to the Medical Illustator Frank H. Netter

Frank Netter was born in NYC in 1906. Netter had early artistic aspirations. He received a scholarship to study at the National Academy of Design and later attended the Art Students League of New York. By his late 20s Netter was a successful commercial artist with national exposure. However his family urged him to pursue a more stable and "respectable" profession. He relented and enrolled at New York University Medical College.


As a medical student, Netter produced elaborate illustrated notes during classes. The visual representations helped him recall and better comprehend his studies. While at medical school and after graduation Netter continued to pursue illustration in order to supplement his income. He completed a surgical internship at Bellevue Hospital and attempted to start a medical practice but as Netter put it: "This was in 1933–the depths of Depression–and there was no such thing as medical practice. If a patient ever wandered into your office by mistake, he didn't pay."

Netter quickly gained a reputation as a medical illustrator. His understanding of medicine, attention to detail and innate artistic abilities cemented Netters success. In the mid 1930s Netter was paid a whopping $7,500 for a series of 5 illustrations. The fee was actually a misunderstanding in Netter's favor. He originally asked for $1,500 for all 5 but an advertising manager understood the fee to be $1,500 per illustration and a final agreement was reached based on the higher number. Soon afterward Netter gave up medicine and pursued a full time career as a medical illustrator. Based on an online inflation calculator $7,500 is equivalent to approximately $125,000 in today's dollars.

Frank Netter died on September 17th, 1991 in NYC at the age of 85. In his professional career, Dr. Netter created over 4,000 medical illustrations, many of which became the center pieces of over 250 issues of Clinical Symposia and were compiled in the 13 volume set of The CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations. Two years prior to his death, the Atlas of Human Anatomy was published, considered by many to be Dr. Netter's crowning achievement. The Atlas rapidly became the most widely used atlas of anatomy in American medical schools and currently is published in 16 languages. 

This video is from the 2010 Netter Exhibition the Morris Museum in New Jersey.


Click here to learn more about Netter's long career and life on netterimages. You can also learn more about Frank on wikipedia, click here.

Below are a few images from two of the first brochures Netter illustrated for CIBRA. The heart brochure has been sold but we still have a "LUNG" brochure availible. Click here to view.

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