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Cover ArtJ.C. Leyendecker : American imagist by Judy Goffman Cutler; Laurence Cutler
Call Number: NC 975.5 .L4 A4 2008
Dubbed the "Master of the Magazine Cover" by Norman Rockwell--who modeled both his technique and his career on his mentor--J.C. Leyendecker created illustrations that graced the covers of all the leading magazines, including Collier's, The Century, and Scribner's. His 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post--more than any other artist--were so significant that they changed the way the nation looked at the world, introducing the concept of the New Year's Baby, Mother's Day flowers, and the pairing of football with Thanksgiving, among other seminal ideas. His work in advertising was equally influential, as he created sustained campaigns for products that ranged from high-fashion menswear to Ivory Soap and Kellogg's Corn Flakes. But he is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the Arrow Collar Man, the first male sex symbol and the first advertising star of either gender. These images of a sophisticated, elegant gentleman resonated with millions of viewers and sold to an eager society the idea of a glamorous lifestyle that helped mold the Roaring Twenties. Little did the public know that the Arrow Collar Man was in fact Leyendecker's longtime lover, Charles Beach. Leyendecker lived for most of his life with Beach and modeled many of the other stylish men in his artwork on him as well.

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Banned Books Week is October 1-7. The week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Between January 1 - August 31, 2023, The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles - a 20% increase from the same reporting period in 2022, which saw the highest number of book challenges since ALA began compiling the data more than 20 years ago. The theme for Banned Books Week 2023 is "Let Freedom Read. When we ban books, we're closing off readers to people, places, and perspectives. But when we stand up for stories, we unleash the power that lies inside every book. We liberate the array of voices that need to be heard and the scenes that need to be seen. Let freedom read! (Source:

To commemorate, CIA Gund Library will display banned and challenged books from our collection throughout the month of October. See our Library Displays Guide for more info. Please stop by to learn more about banned books!

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