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Magazine Art

Magazines shaped our lives, and the rest is history.

The great illustrators of the period 1850-1950 had a tremendous influence on us and the rest of the world. One of the most popular ways they presented their work was as the cover art for the mass and specialist magazines that were published under thousands of titles and in millions and millions of copies. We know today of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but there were hundreds and thousands of other artists whose work is now forgotten except by collectors and specialists. Some have been honored by art books about their work, but most are now simply unknown to the general public.

One reason for this undeserved obscurity is that their work is quite difficult to find. Bound volumes of these magazines, both in libraries and in the hands of private collectors, usually do not include the covers, for reasons we today find hard to imagine. You must look for individual copies of these magazines, sold as collector's items and available in variable condition. Old magazines turn up regularly on eBay and in shops, but they are expensive, and it is difficult to find, analyze, and store them in one's home. Hence MagazineArt.org.

We scan and photograph magazine covers from this era: as many as we can find, of whatever subject matter. The only requirement is that the issue must -have- a cover design. We prefer the ones that change from issue to issue, but we'll record them even if they simply list the contents of the magazine. We've had images donated, and we've picked them up where we can. At this time we have thousands of them, many of them suitable for display but all requiring some processing in Photoshop before they are presentable.

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Photograph, unidentified but probably film or stage star, looking back enthusiastically at you; note green butterfly has landed on her back. Artist: Source: Curious Book Shop; photograph by magscanner Restoration by: Chad Wicker
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Topics: Humor Magazines, Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Apr 24, 2019
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Young girl sitting on a skinny chair, doing one of those things involving yarn and needles. "The Ivory Disc," a mystery story. Artist: Source: Nancy Ellis Restoration by: magscanner
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Topics: Women's Magazines, Modern Priscilla, weaving, needlework, knitting
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We date this guide to 1922, based on the ads for two Gernsback magazines on the back cover. Complete diagrams and construction data, by R. Lacault, associate editor, RADIO NEWS. Note that this was published by the Electro Importing Co., Gernsback's radio business. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Gernsback's Other Radio Titles, transmitter, receiver, old-time...
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Topics: House and Garden Magazines, A Variety Pack of Early Gardening magazines, magazine covers, vintage...
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- Frederick G. Cooper
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Artist: Frederick G. Cooper Source: eBay seller meradio Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Wireless Age, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Hearst's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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The Bear mascot, Oski, goes on ice. With hockey stick and pads, but no mask. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, California Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art: Household Items
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Special discount pricing, in an ad full of little people trumpeting the success of the product. Green and red, but not Christmas. Published in the April, 1949 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Artist: Source: Anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Household Items, Cleaning, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Humor Magazines, Puck, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage advertisements
Magazine Art
- Clyde E. Darr
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Artist: Clyde E. Darr Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, QST, the Ham Radio magazine from the A.R.R.L., magazine covers,...
Magazine Art: Health and Medicine
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From 1914, until banned from the mails in 1942, this Procrustean back-stretcher promised health and height. From the January 24, 1920 issue of JUDGE. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Health and Medicine, Quack Equipment, rack, torture
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Woman on the street corner has such classy legs in silk stockings that she makes the fake blind begger push up his glasses to see them. Artist: Source: Curious Book Shop; photograph by magscanner Restoration by: Chad Wicker
Topics: Humor Magazines, Capt. Billy's Whiz Bang, gams, beauty, scam
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- Sarkis Beulan
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Radio takes you to the mysterious places of the world through their music, in this piece of fantasy symbolism with drum, horn and middle eastern lute players, in front of lake with mystic boats and city. Artist: Sarkis Beulan Source: Lloyd Schubert, of Schubert's Auction Services Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio, magic, Arabian Nights, mystery
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Man standing at the ready in the bow of the whaling ship's longboat, holding a harpoon and waiting to get close enough to the whale to strike. "That Whoppin' Whale!" Artist: Eaton Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, Open Road for Boys, whales, harvest, attack, sea, seamen,...
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Arcadian scene with woman in classical dress throwing flower petals while a shepherd boy blows on his horn, and sheep graze by the river. Items by Walter Besant, John Wanamaker, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Agnes Repplier. Artist: Source: Judy Stevens Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, Gentlewoman, ancient, past, happiness, freedom, vacation, money
Magazine Art: Bicycle Parts & Accessories
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Ad for Hickory Wheels (i.e. Bicycles). "This is a wooden age," we are told, in this ad from CENTURY MAGAZINE in 1894.
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycle Parts and Accessories, magazine...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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Hot cross buns for Lent. Shown with paper choir boys. Eh! Published in a 1948 issue of WOMAN'S DAY. Artist: Source: an anonymous contributor Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Dessert, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Two cute puppies in a circular frame; background of baskets and bones and doghouses and cats. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, John Martin's Book, pets, fun
Magazine Art
- Dan Jacobson
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Momma bear in the mountains, listening to bees inside a tree trunk, and plotting how to get the honey for herself and her two cubs. Artist: Dan Jacobson Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, St. Nicholas, wild, remote, food, beehive, dinner, family
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Artist: Source: eBay seller American Art Archives
Topics: Monthly Magazines, Success, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Strand Magazine / American Edition, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
- McClelland Barclay
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When was the last time you saw Girls' Basketball in an advertisement?!? The real energy food for you, published in the June, 1920 issue of DELINEATOR. Artist: McClelland Barclay Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Breakfast!, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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- Otho Cushing
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Man painting a portrait of a woman about to be married, sitting for it in very fancy clothing. Very silly punch line. Artist: Otho Cushing Source: Tom Harris, on eBay as tabasco_life Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- Pierre Brissaud
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Gardener on ladder reaches his clippers over to shape an overgrown plant into a fine topiary. Artist: Pierre Brissaud Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: House and Garden Magazines, House & Garden, landscape, design, art, cutting, shaping
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Family of mother, father, and child smile as they look over the blueprints of a new house or addition. Content: A hundred practical building and decorating suggestions for your home. Artist: Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, Household Magazine, housing, construction, repair, remodeling, beauty
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Artist: Source: eBay seller banjoflier
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Aviation, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Electric trolley car at the end of the line in a mountainous area. Artist: Source: Doug Bell Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Electricity, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Scenic railway overlooking the beautiful bay of Rio de Janeiro Artist: Source: Internet Archive Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Electricity, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Radio, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Source: eBay sellers Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Radio, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Popular Science Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Physical Culture, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art: Tobacco Products
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Radio-themed ad for Old gold cigarettes, with a celebrity pitch and a plug for the radio show with Robert Benchley and Artie Shaw's orchestra on the Columbia network. Published in the April 15, 1939 issue of LIBERTY. Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Tobacco Products, Cigarette Ads, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art
- Beverly Towles
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Production of salt, in quanity world-wide, shown graphically with international comparisons. Artist: Beverly Towles Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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The new Princeton telescope. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, astonomy, stargazing, heavens, universe,...
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The Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Nashville, 1897. Bird's eye view. General view of park. Women's building. Administration building. Children's building. Government building. Commerce building. The auditorium. Vanity fair. The Parthenon. Minerals and forestry building. Transportation. Agricultural building. Machinery building. Source: Steve Kirch, collector, and creator of a great website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, world's fair, southeast
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Training school for New York street-car motormen. Electric car controller, brake and controller instruction, cable-car grip, compressed-air car controlling gear, electric car and section of feeder rails.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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A very simple design, the head and shoulders of a young blond woman against a silver-gray background of sky and shadow. Almost an impressionist piece, and very different from the covers of just a year before (not to mention the formal covers of three years earlier).
Topics: Women's Magazines, Delineator, fashion, style, clothing, sewing, patterns, home, jewelry,...
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Artist: Source: Nonni Jonsson Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Music, Theater, Stage, Drama, and Dance Magazines, Etude music magazine, magazine covers, vintage...
Magazine Art
- Earl Christy
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Portrait of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Content: Stories about Jean Harlow, Nelson Eddy, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, and Fredric March. Artist: Earl Christy Source: Dave Wills, who sells on eBay as dwills1000, and has an eBay storefront "Dave's Odds and Ends" Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Movies, TV, and Radio Magazines, Modern Screen, films, cinema, Hollywood, stars
Ad for the Modern Vacuum Cap Hair Grower (looking like a battle helmet with a retaining rope), as published in the July 18, 1909 issue of the syndicated SUNDAY MAGAZINE. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Health and Medicine, Quack Equipment, magazine covers, vintage...
Magazine Art: Personal and Human Aspects
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Three easy steps to instant loveliness, eye shadow, eyelash darkener, and eyebrow pencil. In blue, brown, black, and green. Published in the June, 1930 issue of PHOTOPLAY. Artist: McVicker Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Personal and Human Aspects, Women's Toiletries and Makeup, style,...
Something new / Puncture Proof / self-healing pneumatic bicycle tires. Nails, tacks, glass, etc. will not let the air out. One pair for only $4.75, which was a gigantic amount of money in 1901. Still, have we lost the technology to make these??!? Published in the April 25, 1901 issue of THE YOUTH'S COMPANION. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Bicycles and Motorcycles, Bicycle Parts and Accessories, safety,...
Magazine Art
- Walter Beach Humphrey
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Farm boy drinking water from an old wooden bucket. "Six Ways to Make a Billion Dollars." Artist: Walter Beach Humphrey Source: The late John Martin, at the lost and lamented Ellis Parker Butler site. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Monthly Magazines, American Magazine, rural, farming, youth, thirst, quench, satisfaction
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- Henry Hutt
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Artist: Henry Hutt Source: MagazineArt.org Archives Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: General Fiction Pulps, Ainslee's Magazine, Ainslee's, Henry Hutt, women, fiction, romance, society,...
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- Chiura Obata
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The Seasons at California, IX: Senior Pilgrimage. Ancient tree, with mountains in the background; lines of students between them. Artist: Chiura Obata Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, California Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Small horse on the pasture. "Research for War IX: Cooperation between College of Agriculture and Army Remount Service improves breed and is one more phase of University's research for war efficiency." Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Specialized Magazines, College Magazines, California Monthly, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
Magazine Art: Food and Beverages
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For the children's sake, give them tomato soup so they can learn in class. Fortify their minds and bodies, build them up. Published in the October, 1919 issue of the PEOPLE'S HOME JOURNAL. Artist: Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Soups and Stews, mind, intelligence, learning,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Artist: Source: Nonni Jonsson Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Music, Theater, Stage, Drama, and Dance Magazines, Etude music magazine, magazine covers, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Magazine Art
- Howard V. Brown
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Artist: Howard V. Brown Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Everyday Mechanics / Everyday Engineering, magazine covers,...
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Artist: Source: Nonni Jonsson Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Music, Theater, Stage, Drama, and Dance Magazines, Etude music magazine, magazine covers, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Ad for the Edison Oscillating Mimeograph, published in the February, 1901 issue of CENTURY MAGAZINE.
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Pens and Office Supplies and Equipment, Office Equipment, magazine...
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Little blonde girl looks out through her window at two birds who have come to eat the seeds she's put out for them in the March snow. Artist: Source: eBay sellers Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Women's Magazines, American Woman, Winter, Spring, avians, feeding, frost, cold, change
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
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Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, Adventure, romance, Ridgway, war, Westerns, cowboys,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
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Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, Adventure, romance, Ridgway, war, Westerns, cowboys,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
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Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, Adventure, romance, Ridgway, war, Westerns, cowboys,...
Magazine Art: Adventure magazine
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Topics: Adventure Pulps, Adventure magazine, Adventure, romance, Ridgway, war, Westerns, cowboys,...