Alex Jay over on the Strippers Guide has posted a fact-filled report on the somewhat elusive biography of New Yorker cartoonist great, Barbara Shermund (including the first known published piece by Ms. Shermund shown above). Vistiors to the Spill are aware that Ms. Shermund’s life and work are currently being celebrated at the Billy Ireland Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
Ms. Shermund’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
Barbara Shermund (self portrait, above) Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work)
A New Yorker Original?
Attempted Bloggery looks closely at an Ebay listing for the above unsigned drawing that bears no markings, no provenance. The seller claims it was published in The New Yorker. So was it? Read here.