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#TBT | The Satirical Spots of ‘New Yorker’ Illustrator Christina Malman

Satirical illustration by Christina Malman

Draw­ing, Woman and a Dog, 1935

I real­ize it’s been a while since I did a #TBT. Let’s change that with Christi­na Mal­man, an illus­tra­tor who pro­duced work in the begin­ning half of the 20th cen­tu­ry. Born in 1911 (or 1912), she came to New York City from Eng­land at the age of 2. She attend­ed the Pratt Insti­tute for col­lege and pur­sued the illus­tra­tion field from there.
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#TBT | 15 Vintage New Yorker Covers That Still Feel Modern

Vintage New Yorker covers

Ilonka Karasz

For many illus­tra­tors, hav­ing their work on the cov­er of The New York­er is a dream. Since the mag­a­zine launched in 1925, it has pro­duced some tru­ly icon­ic cov­ers that, in a sin­gle image, demon­strate why illus­tra­tion is an impor­tant part of our visu­al cul­ture. Not one to shy away from rep­re­sent­ing time­ly and/or con­tro­ver­sial top­ics, the images pro­duced are a snap­shot of soci­ety at that par­tic­u­lar time.

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#TBT | The Many Creative Hats Worn by Margaret Evans Price

Margaret Evans Price

Most of us have prob­a­bly heard of the toy com­pa­ny Fish­er-Price. They’re the man­u­fac­tur­ers of clas­sics like Lit­tle Peo­ple, Pow­er Wheels, and the View Mas­ter. It’s been around since the 1930s, and was co-found­ed by Gold­en Age illus­tra­tor Mar­garet Evans Price. Before she found­ed one of the world’s most pop­u­lar toy man­u­fac­tur­ers, how­ev­er, she was a young girl inter­est­ed in art. And, tal­ent­ed, too; she sold her first illus­trat­ed sto­ry to the Boston Jour­nal when she was just 12 years old.
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#TBT | Lorraine Fox, a Standout in a “Field Overbearingly Populated by Men”

Illustration of women by Lorraine Fox

A few weeks ago, I debuted a #TBT series that’ll focus on illus­tra­tion pro­duced long ago. Next up is Lor­raine Fox was an edi­to­r­i­al illus­tra­tor whose work graced mag­a­zines, book cov­ers, and adver­tise­ments dur­ing the mid 20th cen­tu­ry. She was described a stand­out in a “field over­bear­ing­ly pop­u­lat­ed by men.”

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#TBT | Mary Blair Adds a “Golden” Touch to Children’s Books of the 1950s

Mary blair concept art disney

You know how there’s the hash­tag #TBT? (If you’re not in the know, it means Throw Back Thurs­day.) Any­ways, it’s basi­cal­ly an excuse to post vin­tage pho­tos and oth­er things from long ago. I’ve always enjoyed it, but nev­er par­tic­i­pat­ed… until now. I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at illus­tra­tions from the past cen­tu­ry, with a spe­cif­ic focus on women illus­tra­tors. First up is my all-time favorite, Mary Blair.

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