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Magazine Cover Art


Beautiful poster-style works of art adorned the covers of magazines the world over from about 1880 to the 1940's.   The subject matter of the image was not so important as the visual impact on the viewer and the art did not have to relate to anything covered inside the publication.  As with any successful advertisement it just needed to capture the viewer's attention.  Most of the great commercial artists of the period as well as many fine artists contributed to this art form.


We like to enlarge the cover and ad art a little (16x20 or 18x24) creating mini-posters. Most images will also do well quality-wise up to 24" x 36".  The clean poster-style magazine cover look became more compromised in the 40's as magazines had to compete with radio and television for ad revenue and they started adding text boxes to the covers describing the  contents and stories inside.  New Yorker is the only current publication continuing that original style.


Antique Maps & Prints


Maps date back to the 15th Century when a city was drawn from a nearby hill and became something of an art form as they were embellished with cartouches and color. Up until about 1900 most maps were steel or copper plate engravings executed on fine handmade paper.  Their appeal seems universal.


Also produced with the same techniques and loving care through this period were prints and engravings of natural history, architecture, city views, historical scenes and book story illustrations.  Many early newspapers used woodcuts to graphically depict the news of the day.

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Motor Boating Magazine (February 1937)
Motor Boating Magazine (February 1937)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.39

Luxury motor power yacht tropical harbor locale
Northern Pacific Railroad, Yellowstone Park
Northern Pacific Railroad, Yellowstone Park

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.4

Railroad advertisement featuring Old Faithful Geiser at Yellowstone National Park, letters in orange.

Northern Pacific Railroad
Vanity Fair (September 1935)

Original Graphic proportions: 1 to 1.3

Vanity Fair magazine cover featuring a two horses close in race; the apparent victor with jockey in view. September 1935.
Red Cross Magazine (February 1919)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.34

Red Cross magazine cover showing a nurse embracing planet Earth, the purview of the organization. February 1919.

American Red Cross
Collier’s Magazine (August 31, 1901)
Collier’s Magazine (August 31, 1901)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.43

Collier’s Magazine "Patriotic Professions" by Edward Penfield shows Four male laborers: blacksmith, miner, lumberjack and carpenter. Labor Day Number. August 31, 1901.
Saturday Evening Post (April 18, 1942)
Saturday Evening Post (April 18, 1942)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.28

Saturday Evening Post Magazine cover featuring the last Grant Wood painting, a rural scene with quaint homes and a man in the foreground working in his garden. April 18, 1942.
Collier’s Magazine (September 10, 1904)
Collier’s Magazine (September 10, 1904)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.41

Collier’s Magazine cover featuring an image of a fisherman netting his catch off the side of a small canoe. He is wearing a cowboy style hat and has a pipe in his mouth. Art by F.X. Leyendecker, September 10, 1904.
American Printer (March 1928)
American Printer (March 1928)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.32

American Printer cover of a bold profile in red of the American Eagle with a scowl. March 1928.
Collier’s Magazine (October 2, 1915)
Collier’s Magazine (October 2, 1915)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.49

Collier’s Magazine cover featuring a fashionably attired golfer preparing to hit the golf ball with the clubhouse and a crowd in the background. Some flags are waving on a pole to the right. He is dressed in a wild plaid print suit knickers with argyle socks. Art by Joseph Penfield, October 2, 1915.
Collier’s Magazine (November 1, 1902)
Collier’s Magazine (November 1, 1902)

Original Proportions: 1 to 1.42

Collier’s Magazine cover showing a stockbroker sitting at his desk making a sales call. New York City harbor is visible from his window with the Statue of Liberty being prominent. Art by Edward Penfield, November 1, 1902.