Illustration

1959 – Lynn Buckham Illustration

A look at the classic mid-century illustration style.

1959 Lynn Buckham Illustration

Mid-century magazine illustrations helped to define the era. This illustration by Lynn Buckham showing a couple at the beach extended 2 pages of the July 1959 edition of Good Housekeeping magazine. It accompanied a short story titled, “The Helpless Helpmeet” by Mary Thayer Muller.

It was typical for mid-century women’s magazines to include a number of illustrated short stories in each issue. This issue had 3.

Good Housekeeping July 1959 Table of Contents Snippet

The other 2 short stories from this issue were also illustrated in the classic mid-century style.

Illustration by Bob Levering for short story titled Princess Penelope – Good Housekeeping July 1959
Illustration by Austin Briggs for short story titled The Troubled Heart – Good Housekeeping July 1959

After 1959, I noticed a change to this classic style of illustration as the new decade began. The classic Norman Rockwell style of illustration changed completely in the 1960’s as shown below.

Here are 3 illustrations from Good Housekeeping 4 years later from the May 1963 issue.

Table of Contents Snippet – Good Housekeeping May 1963
Illustration by George Porter for short story titled In Your Own Backyard – Good Housekeeping May 1963
Illustration by Bowler for short story titled Home is the Sailor- Good Housekeeping May 1963
Illustration for short story titled The Corridor – Illustrator unknown – Good Housekeeping May 1963

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