Meehan Military Posters was launched in 1981 by owner Mary Ellen (Mel) Meehan and her brother, Jim, a trained historian specializing in the world wars. Mary Ellen Meehan is a graduate of Manhattanville College and did graduate work at Princeton University and Indiana University. She was a curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for two years, where she hosted a weekly show on the arts on WISH-TV (CBS) every Sunday morning. She then taught 19th and 20th century art history at Indiana University for 12 years.
When Ms. Meehan returned to New York, she joined friends at the Military Bookman and it was at that time she formed Meehan Military Posters as a stand alone business in 1981. She occasionally lectures at NYU and Columbia on posters in the History Departments of both universities.