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A collection of magazines from the 1890s and 1900s.

Robert Blunk was born in Salyard, Kansas on December 14, 1923. He attended multiple colleges but received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Kansas City Institute of Arts in 1950 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the Kansas Teacher’s College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) in 1952. Robert worked as an art professor at colleges for 40 years and taught at Pittsburg State University from 1962 until his retirement. While teaching, Robert painted and sculpted many works, taking inspiration from landscapes, seascapes, Egyptology and art, and inventors like the Wright Brothers. His website showcases his work from the 1940s to 2017. Katie Blackwood Blunk was born on January 14, 1923 in Buffalo, Kansas. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Pittsburg State University and became a teacher and director of adult education for Pittsburg Public Schools. She was active in many local organizations and worked in Africa with Robert teaching kids to read English. Katie passed away in 2007. The magazines and periodicals in this collection were published in the 1890s and 1900s. Most of the magazines stopped publishing around the 1920s, although a few published for longer. A few like the Frank Reade publications are dime novels which are weekly or monthly printed stories following a certain character or theme. Others are home and fashion magazines like the Delineator which was published by Butterick, known for its sewing patterns.

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Athletics, Architecture, Business and Industry, Fine Arts, Social Life and Customs


Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Business | Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Size of Collection

.2 linear feet

Dates of Collection

1890-1930, 1951

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0270

Blunk, Robert and Katie, collection, 1890-1930, 1951



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