Pendersleigh and Sons… and the Lost Art of Cartography

The art of cartography is about as extinct as the art of the written letter. What need is there for a hand-drawn community renderings in the age of instant information, when most people have GPS maps on their cellphones? No need at all. But Los Angeles based writer Eric Brightwell doesn’t care. Hence this blog […]

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Cover Girl: Jean Harlow

Anyone who knows the Pictorial knows exactly how much we gush over the splashy color of a vintage movie magazine. Give us an Earl Christy Photoplay cover and we’re set. (Throw in a dry martini to go with it and we’re set for LIFE.) This being the case, and this being Baby’s week, what better […]

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Donald Urquhart’s Melancholy Babies…

The Guardian’s artist of the week is a Scot named Donald Urquhart whose particular area of expertise are pen and ink drawings of Hollywood legends that are not the usual glamorous soft focus fantasies. His movie stars are human and startling: they have mascara that runs, moth-eaten minks, some are ten years past their prime […]

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Donald Urquhart's Melancholy Babies…

The Guardian’s artist of the week is a Scot named Donald Urquhart whose particular area of expertise are pen and ink drawings of Hollywood legends that are not the usual glamorous soft focus fantasies. His movie stars are human and startling: they have mascara that runs, moth-eaten minks, some are ten years past their prime […]

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Art from the Golden Age of Movie Magazines

We at the Pictorial love Earl Christy. And Rolf Armstrong. And McClelland Barclay. And R Wilson Hammell. And Charles Edward Chambers. And all of the other American artists from the early 20th century that made up advertising’s great, golden age of Illustration. Not only because of what they did for  women’s journals and literary magazines […]

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Project 39: Stagecoach

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the US release of John Ford’s immortal western Stagecoach and is one of the many landmark films of 1939 that Project 39 is proud to celebrate. I was probably round ten years old when I saw Stagecoach for the first time, so pardon me, if you will, while I […]

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Vintage Magazine: Modern Priscilla, 1923

Another magazine cover and advertisement plucked from my collection. The Modern Priscilla was a precursor to the Women’s Day magazines we know today: sewing patterns, recipes, cooking tips and trends fill the pages. These magazines don’t have the wit or flash of, say, the era’s Vogue and Cosmopolitans, but they are still fun to read. […]

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