Why a Platter?

 

In February of 1991 when The New Yorker offices moved from 25 West 43rd Street  across the street to 20 West 43rd,  some housecleaning was in order.

Some of the objects that once sat in the Art Department couldn’t make the move due to space considerations. Among the few generously donated to our collection was this oddity:  a large wooden platter, signed by a handful of cartoonists as well as by Anne Hall, who for decades was Assistant to the magazine’s Art Editor, Lee Lorenz.

Part of the signed platter’s charm is its scarcity of signatures. Considering how many cartoonists came and went through the Art department every week, one would think the platter would be full.