Charlie Allen Cleans House

By guest author Charlie Allen

After the Evers blog, thought I'd send along some scans of mid-century ad illustrations and illustrators I have admired. I cleaned out a voluminous ad clip file in the past couple of weeks... a whole lot of stuff that wasn't very good... probably clipped for information or reference. In doing so, came across some work that is good and that you might enjoy seeing.

Several examples of the ubiquitous TV Guide.

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These are not outstanding art or illustration....just average issues. Most are signed, but with the exception of 'Amsel', hard to read.


But... they reminds me of an era.

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An era where, somehow, there was a stability about going to the check-out counter and always seeing TV Guide prominently displayed on a wire stand.

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It was a constant and familiar part of our lives. an illustrator, reassuring because the covers were illustration. Strong, bold illustration, easily seen... some by the 'better' illustrators, and most by artists not well known.


Certainly by the 70's there were a lot of new names in the east....many 'would be' Fuchs, or Peaks in style. I miss those TV Guide days. Being a creature who resists and even abhors change, in spite of my announced mantra of 'change is the constant', I miss order and the slower way of life that 'usta be' in those days.


Enough geezer rambling and pondering. These were in the bulging ad file that I've cleaned out, and not worth a blog, though with a few better illustrators, a 'TV Guide' blog might be an interesting TI. More odds and ends to come....hopefully for entertainment.

Cheers and best... Chas.

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