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Issued January 28, 1915

LIFE magazine Volume 65 #1638

“Ain’t Nature Wonderful?” – Cover art by Rea Irvin1aab1

Issued January 11, 1913

Since 1902 COLLIERS WEEKLY magazine has had a yearly Automobile Number highlighting the latest developments in automotive design. It has been singularly helpful in promoting the fledgling industry. The 1913 offering is presented in it’s own separate Automotive section.

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN featured a color cover showing the assembly of automobiles. The contents focused on the automobile industry including many photos and related car ads.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICANJanuary 11, 1913

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
January 11, 1913

Robert Robinson was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1886. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and from 1909 to 1912 with the famous illustrator, Howard Pyle. He moved to New York to be near magazine publishers and helped originate the Saturday Evening Post’s “Slice of Life” style of cover art. Robinson’s typical work focused on rural men “old geezer” types. On January 11, 1913 Robinson featured his “old man” taking the grandma on a fast ride in an automobile.

SATURDAY EVENING POSTJanuary 11, 1913

SATURDAY EVENING POST
January 11, 1913

 

 

New Comic Strip Debuts In New York

George McManus was born in St. Louis, Missouri in January 1884. After being sent home for drawing in class, his father brought him to the local newspaper for a job as an errand boy. It is there he drew his first comic strip ALMA AND OLIVER. In 1904 McManus moved to New York City where he worked for several publications and created the first American family strip, THE NEWLYWEDS about an elegant young couple and their baby Snookums. The popularity of the strip prompted The New York American to invite McManus to join their paper in 1912.

On January 2, 1913 MaManus introduced a new comic strip BRINGING UP FATHER. McManus was inspired by a musical comedy he saw as a child called “The Rising Generation” where a fat Irish-American bricklayer Martin McShayne becomes a wealthy contractor. His society-minded wife and daughter were ashamed of him and his lowbrow buddies prompting McShayne to sneak out to join his pals for poker. In BRINGING UP FATHER, an Irishman named Jiggs doesn’t understand why his ascension to wealth via the Irish Sweepstakes means he can’t hang out with his friends, and his nagging, social-climbing wife, Maggie.

Jiggs of BRINGING UP FATHER

Jiggs of BRINGING UP FATHER

Issued January 2, 1913

LIFE is a weekly magazine published since January 1883. A revolutionary new printing process using zinc-coated plates improved the reproduction of illustrations and artwork and allowed LIFE to compete with established magazines like JUDGE and PUCK. “We wish to have some fun in this paper… We shall try to domesticate as much as possible of the casual cheerfulness that is drifting about in an unfriendly world… “. It became a place to introduce new illustrators like Charles Dana Gibson who introduced his iconic figure “The Gibson Girl” in LIFE.

Charles Dana Gibson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in September 1867. He was enrolled by his parents in New York’s Art Students League and sold his first illustration to LIFE magazine in 1886.He quickly became popular and contributed to every major New York publication such as Harper’s Weekly, Scribners and Collier’s as well as major newspapers. In 1890 he began developing “The Gibson Girl”, an iconic female face and figure that typified the style of women at the time based on his wife Irene Langhorne and her sister.

On January 2, 1913 LIFE magazine celebrated its 30 year anniversary by publishing the Birthday Number using artwork by Gibson from drawing he did in 1907 titled THE STORY OF HIS LIFE.

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THE STORY OF HIS LIFE by Charles Dana Gibson
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The caption of the January 2, 1913 LIFE magazine cover reads: “The story of his life : Once upon a time, thirty years ago….”

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Parcel Post Begins In US

Sending a letter is only two cents but a larger, heavier item can be very expensive. International Parcel Post between the US and foreign countries began in 1887 when the US Post Office and the Postmaster General of Canada established parcel post service. While Parcel Post service between the US and other countries grew with the signing of successive postal conventions and treaties, the US did not institute a domestic parcel post service for it’s own nation. In August 1912 Congress approved Parcel Post stamps to cover the rates of postage on fourth-class mail.

On January 1, 1913 Parcel Post rates went into use. It will now be far cheaper to send packages and bundles in the US.

1 cent Parcel Post stamp showing the pre-mechanized sorting of mail in 1913

1 cent Parcel Post stamp showing the pre-mechanized sorting of mail in 1913

Issued January 1, 1913

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Les Dames et Les Modes – Vol. 2  No. 22

January 1, 1913

Children’s fashion

Leighton Budd is an illustrator who has worked for PUCK magazine for many years. He is also a cartoonist and appears in many Sunday Comics sections.

19130101(2A)PUCK magazine – January 1, 1913

Issued December 14, 1912

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN Supplement
December 14, 1912

Whaling Expedition In Korea
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Charles Dana Gibson was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts in September 1867. He was enrolled by his parents in New York’s Art Students League and sold his first illustration to LIFE magazine in 1886.He quickly became popular and contributed to every major New York publication such as Harper’s Weekly, Scribners and Collier’s as well as major newspapers. In 1890 he began developing “The Gibson Girl”, an iconic female face and figure that typified the style of women at the time based on his wife Irene Langhorne and her sister.

On December 14, 1912 Gibson drew the cover art for COLLIER’S FOR CHRISTMAS.

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Issued December 12, 1912

Charles Clyde Squires was born in August 1882 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His uncle was a landscape painter and at age 13 he was apprenticed to an engraving company. His art was published in the DESERET NEWS in 1898 and in 1900 he went to New York City to study at the New York School of Art. In October 1905 he studied with Howard Pyle. Pyle sent him to the offices of Life with a letter of introduction and suggestion that they publish his drawings. In 1906 his work began to be published in popular nationwide magazines, such as Life and Everybody’s Magazine, after which he appeared in Judge, Success, Woman’s Home Companion, and St. Nicholas Magazine.

On December 12, 1912 LIFE magazine used Squires painting of a nighttime winter scene showing horse waiting at hitching rail while young man visits his girl.
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“They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait”
LIFE magazine
December 12, 1912
cover art by C Clyde Squires

Issued December 11, 1912

PUCK magazine was founded by Joseph Ferdinand Keppler in St. Louis in March 1871 as a German/English publication. The first English language edition was published in New York City in March 1877.

Artists and writers from PUCK started their own magazine JUDGE in 1881. By 1912 it has a circulation of over 100,000. It is one of the US first successful humor magazines of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire of the issues of the day.Will Crawford was born in 1869 in Washington, DC. He drew humorous cover art for such magazines as Puck and Life as well as illustrations for humorous stories in the major magazines of the day: The Century, Everybody’s, McClure’s, Scribner’s and Leslie’s Weekly.On December 11, 1912 Crawford offered a different view of Christmas on the cover of PUCK magazine.

"Hands Up - As Santa Looks To Some Of Us"

“Hands Up – As Santa Looks To Some Of Us”

Postmarked December 11, 1912

Christmas Postcard sent December 11, 1912
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