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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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Woman dressed like a circus performer jumping onto two hanging rings as for an acrobatic display. "About the Murder of the Circus Queen," by anthony Abbot. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Man and woman are trying to sleep when woman screams and man yells as their cat chases a mouse right past them, waking them up. Items by Viña Delmar, Alice Duer Miller, Otto Hillig, Edward L. McKenna, and Robert Benchley. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by James Montgomery Flagg
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Temptingly drawn woman stands on the other side of a brick wall, holding an apple just above a sign that says "Danger! Keep out!" A little symbolism with your Sunday paper. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
by James Montgomery Flagg
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Elegantly dressed woman, her back to us, playing the piano, while her elegantly dressed male friend stares at her. Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Young man burst through the top of the waves, grinning wildly as he swims. Off to the left, and in the lower right, we see the water's foam taking on the shape of women's heads, as if they were water sprites. One should not think too much about the symbolism employed on the cover of a family magazine. "An Unknown Chapter in Great Garbo's Life," by Adela Rogers St. Johns, and "What Republicans Will Do Next," by Senator L. J. Dickinson. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Nancy...
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, swimming, diving, intercourse, thrill
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by Leslie Thrasher
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Wife is listening ecstatically to a radio program of music that drives her husband crazy. Items by Adela Rogers St. Johns, Grand Duchess Marie, Maj. Gen. J. E. Fechet, Robert W. Chambers, and Bruce Bairnsfather. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Radio collector grillecloth Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Young woman holding a tennis racket. "Will Japan Try to Conquer the United States?" by General William Mitchell. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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by Leslie Thrasher
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Heavily tattooed sword-swallower Prof. Zobo demonstrates his craft at what looks like a country fair or circus sideshow. Content: "Show Girl in Society," by J. P. McEvoy. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, danger, sharp, knife, knives, tattoos, awe, skill
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by Leslie Thrasher
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Poppa's far away and talking to Baby on the telephone; it's not quite clear whether he's angry or happy that Mama has put the kid in place. Content: "Show girl in Hollywood," by J. P. McEvoy. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, communication, family, kid
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by Leslie Thrasher
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Man and woman happily cheering on their football team, but the man standing behind them doesn't look at all happy about what's going on on the field. "What the Drys Will Do Next," by Ida B. Wise Smith, President of the W.C.T.U., and "The Crisis," by Col. E. M. House. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
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Young woman in maid's costume holds a photo of Jimmie Durante to her heart while she stands under the mistletoe. "The Private Life of Jimmie Durante," by Clara Beranger, and "Is England Forming an Alliance with Japan?" by Col. Edward M. House. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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"The Loud Speaker," as a jerk carrying a loudspeaker sits down next to a dismayed couple, who would rather be talking to each other. "The Inferiority Complex of Old Sippy," by P. G. Wodehouse. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Radio collector grillecloth Restoration by: grillecloth and magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Woman with long, pre-Raphaelite hair, wearing a low-top peasant blouse. "Why American Mothers Demand Repeal!" by Mrs. Charles H. Sabin. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by James Montgomery Flagg
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Artist: James Montgomery Flagg Source: Collector, author, bookseller and publisher John D. Squires Image Processing by: magscanner Our Sponsors:
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Sunday Magazine, James Montgomery Flagg, Sunday, fortune, cruise, travel
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Young woman, her hair flying in the wind, apparently in the cockpit of a small plane. "When I Take Charge of Germany," -- Hitler shows his hand. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Man in French Foreign Legion uniform, even with the shade hat, talking to a woman in a peasant blouse. "The Election -- an Intrepretation," by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, and serial "Hell Hounds" about the Foreign Legion. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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College babe is attracted to the football player, while the geek she came with, supporter of the other team, looks on in anger. "Two is Company." Content: "The Bad Little Egg," by Sophie Kerr. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, jealousy, sports, jock
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Father of newborn baby has to stay up all night taking care of it, but he's pretty happy that he has a radio he can listen to all the while. "A Famous Wife's Husband," by Charles G. Norris. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Radio collector grillecloth Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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"The girl next door" is putting a letter into a letter box, and a couple is staring at her sullenly from a nearby window. Content: "Why Tunney Retired from the Ring." Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Young blonde woman in yellow shirt and orange tie. Content: "Wives of Great Men," by Mrs. Franklin d. Roosevelt. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, portrait
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Guard has fallen asleep after lunch, a small ct in his lap, but a woman staring at him from inside her basement window is waving something like a brush or a coal shovel. Content: "The Private Life and Loves of Max Baer," and "Why We Must Have a Navy Second to None," by Secretary Claude A. Swanson. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, police, danger, sleep, failure, goldbricking,...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Facial portrait, three-quarter shot, of a woman driving a car and focusing entirely on doing it. "Why I Will Not Marry," by Great Garbo. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Woman giving her horse a lump of sugar to eat. "Does Al Smith Hold the Winning Cards?" by Jay Franklin. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Portrait of a woman with dark hair. "The New Racketeer--America's Greatest Danger," by Will Irwin. Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller paper.mags Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Magazine Art
by Leslie Thrasher
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favorite 0
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Artist: Leslie Thrasher Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...