A website devoted to the rediscovery of the works of early 20th century illustrator Henry E. Vallely (1881-1950). Perhaps best known for his chiaroscuro technique employed in Big Little Books, he also produced a large volume of work including fashion illustrations for women's magazines, spot illustrations for food periodicals, magazine covers and children's books. His art is distinctive and timeless and deserves the recognition that has until this time eluded it. Comments and contributions towards the preservation of the H. E. Vallely legacy are most welcome. All images are believed to be in the public domain unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

X-Ray Vision

What is sexy?
Years before the alter ego of a certain mild-mannered reporter ever considered examining the undergarments of his crush, Henry Vallely was depicting a similar act in order to advertise the perfect fit and style of Modart Corsets.
This particular ad was published in the November 1926 edition of the Women's Home Companion, an excellent source for some of the greatest illustrators of the early 20th century.

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