Collecting Magazine Cover Art and Advertising Illustration Art

Artists and illustrators in past decades had to compete for the honor and recognition that they received when they were picked to create the cover for magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Ladies’ Home Journal, Country Gentleman, and many others. At the time they wanted the prestige and recognition of their talents, little did they know that in the future many of them would become collectible items. Norman Rockwell became quite famous, as we all know. Did you know that many of the Rockwell items that you see today started out as a cover for The Saturday Evening Post? Rockwell did many covers for that particular magazine along with others. He also did quite a lot of artwork for advertising campaigns.

As much as we love Rockwell’s work, there were many other artists whose work is just as stunning and detailed as Rockwell’s work. Names you may or may not be familiar with are J.C. Leyendecker, Stevan Dohanos, John Clymer, John Falter, and George Hughes. These men also did many covers for different magazines at a time when we didn’t have television to watch. Folks looked forward to the new magazine’s arrival to not only read the articles but to admire the cover.

Today many people have come to recognize the talents of the cover artists and try to collect all of the covers that a particular artist did for a particular publishing company or sometimes for all of the companies that they worked for.

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May 20, 1905. Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
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December 28, 1907. Cover by J.C. Leyendecker.

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