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.

A blast from the past: Meet the Artist

 

In 1943,  San Francisco’s M.H. De Young Memorial Museum held an exhibit of artist’s self portraits called “Meet the Artist.”  The catalog, 8 1/2″ x 7 3/4″ is a gem.  Of the 188 artists represented, a number are New Yorker contributors: James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, Otto Soglow, Mischa Richter, Richard Taylor, Alajalov, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Roberta MacDonald, Barbara Shermund, Reginald Marsh, Dorothy McKay, Garrett Price,  Gluyas Williams, and Rea Irvin.  Self portraits shown above, top to bottom: Garrett Price’s self portrait on the catalog’s cover, Richard Taylor and Mischa Richter.

Note: this catalog can be found online; numerous copies at varying prices are available on AbeBooks.com.

Hokinson’s My Best Girls and more…

(Above, Hokinson’s 1943 cover illustration for Emily Kimbrough’s We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood)

 

 

Today’s Ink Spill was inspired by a Stevereads blog post,  My Best Girls! from July 15, 2011. As the post’s author, Mr. Donoghue, points out, all of Hokinson’s collections are “well worth finding.”  Here then is a checklist of all her collections:

 

So You’re Going To Buy A Book! (Minton, Balch & Co, 1931)

My Best Girls ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1941)

When Were You Built? ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1948)

The Ladies, God Bless ’em! With a Memoir by James Reid Parker and an Appreciation by John Mason Brown  ( E.P. Dutton & Co., 1950)

There Are Ladies Present (E.P. Dutton & Co., 1952)

The Hokinson Festival (Dutton & Co., 1956) This final collection contains a few color plates of Hokinson New Yorker covers.

 

Here’s a link to Chris Wheeler’s Hokinson page, with a short bio, scans of all her collections, and a photo of Ms. Hokinson.

 

And another link, too see a few more photographs and a couple of drawings posted by the  historical museum in Hokinson’s birthplace, Mendota, Illinois.

 

Finally, Liza Donnelly’s history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists, Funny Ladies (Prometheus Books, 2005) contains a wonderful section on Hokinson, with a generous helping of photos and drawings. [full disclosure: Ms. Donnelly and I are married]

Three Summer Finds

On this Summertime slow cartoon news day I thought I’d post photos of  treasures found on a recent expedition northeast of my home.

 

Jeremy, a main character from The Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine, was in a church basement thrift shop.  When I held Jeremy up into the air and asked the woman manning the register, “How much?” she replied, “Aw, just take him — no charge!”

 

Further north at my favorite bookstore (located close by the NY – Massachusett’s border), I found this 1960 paperback by John Norment. I had actually seen it on another visit a week before and had gone back to the store hoping it was still there. Buying this book led to an email exchange later that day with Mr. Norment’s niece who kindly allowed two photos of her uncle to be used on Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A – Z


 

And finally, tucked horizontally into the humor section ( no doubt because of its over-size format) I found an issue of Francoise Mouly & Art Spiegelman’s Raw.  This particular issue, Number 2, contains a small booklet attached to the inner back cover — the first installment of Spiegelman’s Maus.