Graphic Relics

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

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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,...

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Early Christian Cartoonist, E.J. Pace

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An early Christian Comics Pioneer, Ernest James Pace was born November 11th, 1879 in Columbus, Ohio. He died in 1946. When Pace was a teenager a news reporter saw him sketching during a church service and introduced him to the editor of a local paper where he began drawing cartoons. Below is a 1919 photo of Pace. The two cartoons are from the 1930 "Pictures That Talk" Evangel booklet by Pace. The Evangel booklet has been sold. I'm on the lookout for another. At the age of 19 Pace moved to Chicago to illustrate political cartoons for the daily Journal....

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OldBrochures on Pinterest

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We've recently posted images from nearly all of our brochures and ephemera to our Pinterest page; pinterest.com/oldcuts The brochures are currently in three categories. Click on the below "Titles" to access the coresponding pinterest page. Vintage Ephemera Auto Ephemera Vintage VW Brochures

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A Tribute to the Medical Illustator Frank H. Netter

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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...

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Joe King's Rathskeller

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I acquired an interesting souvenir (pictured below) from the former Rathskeller Restaurant in NYC. They're not uncommon to find but the associated history is interesting. There's a photo and penned notations on the inside. The folder is dated Sept, 28, 1945. From as much as I can decifer, the group of young folks in the photograph are engaged in a farewell celebration. Based on the handwritten notes, one of the women photographed may be leaving her job and moving on to new adventures. The souvenir is from the former Rathskeller restaurant, known as "The Fraternity House" and owned by Joe...

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