Found in the LOC: 23 Great Edward Penfield Pics

Amid all those wonderful old bicycle adverts posted a few “Found in the LOCs” ago, there were a number of images by Edward Penfield, the granddaddy of American graphic design.

It seems unfair to his legacy not to offer his landmark images some more space. After all, Brooklyn-born Penfield popularized posters in the States, played a key role in establishing New Rochelle as an early arts colony  and was art director for Harper’s Weekly during a seminal period in American publishing

So here, in honor of Penfield and the path he forged for future illustrators, and in no particular order, are 23 of his illustrations, all sourced from the Library of Congress, which has a ton of other ones, too.

Some things that caught my eye: similarities between his style and two other artists, contemporary JC Leyendecker and current master Alex Katz; the self-possession of his women; and the sex appeal of his men.

(And for more Found in the LOC, click HERE.)

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Found in the LOC: 20 X-Mas Images from the 1890s

Unless my brain storms up something good, this will likely be my last post until after the holiday, but I didn’t want to leave without giving you your weekly dose of Found in the LOC, in which I feature some great imagery sourced from the Library of Congress.

Keeping with the season, today’s edition includes 20 Christmas pics, illos and adverts from the 1890s. Above, a Harper’s Christmas cover from 1894, by Edward Penfield.

See the rest, AFTER THE JUMP.

(And for more Found in the LOC, click HERE.)

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