Girls Scouts Founded on March 12, 1912

March 12 is Girl Scout Day. It was on March 12, 1912 that Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout group in Savannah Georgia with 18 girls. This 1931 Parents Magazine cover features a portrait of a lovely Girl Scout illustrated by Charles Sheldon.

Thank your Mail Carrier!

Today is “Thank A Mail Carrier Day.” Your mail carrier delivers mail to your box six days a week in all kinds of weather. Let’s give a shout out to our hard-working mail carriers.

National Hat Day

In addition to celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., today is also National Hat Day! This antique print shows what the fashionable ladies were wearing on their heads over 200 years ago.

Do You Remember Life Savers Vi-O-Let Candy?

Throwback Thursday! We’re taking a look at this beautiful, scarce 1926 vintage ad for Lifesavers Violet candy (or Vi-O-Let, as Lifesavers playfully called it). Lifesavers Violets, along with Clove, Licorice, and Cinnamon flavors (Cl-O-Ve, Lic-O-Rice, and Cinn-O-Mon) were discontinued back in the 80’s due to poor sales. Does anyone out there remember having a taste?


1938 Good Housekeeping Cover ~ Horace Gaffron Americana

A true embodiment of pure Americana is this 1938 Horace Gaffron cover illustration of two kids on a bike with their dog. The lower panel shows the dog doing what dogs do (chasing the cat!), and the kids tumble to the ground. Boo-hoo!


Gotta love these old cigarette ads

This 1934 Camel ad features Georgia Engelhard, a pioneering female mountain climber. First picture shows her with a tired, pained look on her face as she slowly ascends the mountain. But then she puffs on a Camel. A lung full of nicotine puts a smile on her face and gives her the stamina to scoot up that mountain.


August ~ National Golf Month

We’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks moving our office, but we didn’t want to miss the chance to salute National Golf Month with this charming 1928 Saturday Evening Post cover by J.F. (Joseph Francis) Kernan, also known as the poor man’s Norman Rockwell.

A nattily dressed golfer has his stroke interrupted by a pesky bee.


Spotlight on J.C. Leyendecker

J.C. (Joseph Christian) Leyendecker was one of the most prolific illustrators of the early to mid 20th century. His easily identifiable style has graced more than 400 magazine covers, and many dozens of magazine advertisements (most notably the iconic Arrow Collar ads). He is most closely associated with the Saturday Evening Post, where he was commissioned to paint 322 covers! The men he paints are strong and athletic. The women, graceful and feminine. To this day, his work is beloved and much sought after. The following are some of our favorite examples of his work.






Nipper, the RCA Victor Dog

Few people could look at this scarce old ad and not recognize “Nipper,” the iconic RCA dog. Francis Barraud, a struggling painter, adopted the dog after his brother Mark’s death, and painted him cocking his head inquisitively at the horn of a phonograph. The painting “His Master’s Voice” went on to be used by Eldridge Johnson for his Victor Talking Machine Company. And the rest, as they say, is history!


Say It Ain’t So, Santa!

“Forget chocolate chip cookies. Just leave me a pack of Luckies!”

1936 Lucky Strike Ad ~ Santa Smokes