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Collection features vintage Bison covers

Published: July 12, 2012

“We strive to tease as well as please.”

This statement, from an editorial published in the October 1927 issue of the Bison, describes the content of the popular humor magazine published by UB students between 1913 and 1941. Filled with news items, humorous poems, jokes, cartoons and stories about college life, each Bison issue featured student-designed cover art highlighting athletic contests, holidays, commencement and other campus events.

The vintage covers seen here are part of the University Libraries’ Bison Magazine Covers Digital Collection. The cover images, which reflect the creative talents of UB students from decades past, recently inspired UB librarians to create a series of framed, poster-size Bison covers for the walls in Silverman Library.

Searching for unique wall décor for home or office use? Reproductions of selected Bison covers from the 1920s and ’30s are available for purchase as high-quality prints or posters in various sizes from the newly launched Library Store. The store is an exciting new way to share the Libraries’ unique digital resources with UB students, faculty, alumni and friends.


Kathleen Quinlivan, University Libraries

Reader Comments

Shonnie Finnegan says:

Correction: many of the covers are signed by known artists/designers, not UB students.

Posted by Shonnie Finnegan, University Archivist Emerita, 07/12/12