Vintage Color & Design: Esquire Magazine

While in recent years the covers of Esquire have featured a man in a suit or an at-least-half-naked woman, this wasn’t always the trend. The art direction was first under the keen eye of Paul Rand from 1936-1941, followed by Henry Wolf from 1952-1958, and Robert Benton from 1958-1964, and during those times the magazine had many smart, creative, engaging and colorful covers.

Here is a selection of Esquire magazine covers between 1946 and 1971. The entire collection can be viewed on their site, and was brought to my attention by grain edit.





Author: evad
David Sommers has been loving color as COLOURlovers' Blog Editor-in-Chief for the past two years. When he's not neck deep in a rainbow he's loving other things with The Post Family (, a Chicago-based art blog, artist collective & gallery.