Full record for illo n.

Definition abbrev. for illustration
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite in 'StartlingStories'
Comment Geri Sullivan submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II. Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1955 cite from Amazing Stories. Sue Surova submitted a 1961 cite from Amra. Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon". Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1979 cite from Darrell Schweitzer's "Occasionally Mentioning Science Fiction". Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from a letter to the editor of Planet Stories by Radell Faraday Nelson. Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from a letter by Travis Willis in Startling Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1947 cite from a letter by Larry Shaw to Planet Stories. Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from a letter by Dan Lesperance to Startling Stories.

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Citations for illo n.

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1945 Startling Stories Summer 88/2 And then come the inside illos. It would be nice to see a Finlay every now and then.
1947 Planet Stories Winter 127/1 The illos were almost universally stupid in conception, and poor to fair in execution.
1948 Startling Stories Nov. 132/1 Don't Look Now was a good story but the illo gave the whole thing away–too revealing.
1949 Planet Stories Spring 120/2 That illo is the best in the ish, but sort of nutz.
1955 Amazing Stories June 75 Over the years, they [sc. fanzines] have developed a special argot: ‘ish’ for ‘issue’; ‘illo’ for ‘illustration’; ‘faned’ (rhymes with ‘Slan head’) for ‘fan editor’, to give a few examples.
1959 R. Eney Fancyclopaedia II (1979) 87 Illo , an illustration. Either the original or a reproduction may be meant.
1961 G. H. Scithers in Amra July 2 The illo to the immediate left is an experiment–our second try at multicolor work.
1961 G. H. Scithers in Amra July 2 Conan & Matho–illo: Roy Krenkel, words, L Sprague de Camp.
1965 A. Kuhfeld in Twilight Zine ?Aug.—Sept. 27 Well, I can take a hint as well as the next man, so find enclosed seven fillos, an illo, and a cartoon.
1979 Sci. Fiction Rev. Jan. 34/1 Seventy-six genzines led the Locus poll With one hundred and ten one-shots close at hand. They were followed by rows and rows of the finest offset illos, The dream of every bigname fan.
1984 Not Tonight, Spock! Jan. (front cover) Special feature! Fold out illo of Spock.
1994 Interzone July 5/3 The illos are getting better and you are (wisely) not filling up the magazine with inferior illos but letting many of the stories stand alone.
1995 Interzone Oct. 25/2, I later found an old illustration–“a steam carriage”: dammit, the same answers to the same design questions! Even nicer is that Bruce Sterling bought the illos later!