The Wednesday Watch: Al Frueh’s Stage Folk; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Al Frueh’s Stage Folk

Here’s a true oddity, and an expensive one at that: Al Frueh’s Stage Folk: A Book of Caricatures, published in 1922. A copy  went for a little over a thousand bucks when sold by Hakes Auction in 2010.

I know what some of you might think: The New Yorker didn’t begin publishing until 1925, so why is a book published in 1922 of interest. Some Frueh context:

The very first cartoon in the very first issue of The New Yorker was by Al Frueh.* He was also responsible for the magazine’s second cover.** He never had another, but in his case perhaps once was enough as he was to carve out a space and a place in the magazine for nearly four decades (1925-1962) as its theatrical caricaturist (according to this Illustration Age piece, Frueh “contributed four hundred and seventy theatre caricatures and some four hundred other illustrations and cartoons for the magazine”).

His four hundred and seventy theatre caricatures brings us back to Stage Folk, published three years before Frueh began his long run at The New Yorker.  As explained by Frueh himself in the Hakes copy, he hand printed all but one of the 37 prints in the book, which was limited to 500 copies. Frueh’s work in Stage Folk  (which I assume appeared in the New York World, his home before The New Yorker) is the same wonderful minimalist flowing style The New Yorker readership enjoyed for so many years. Two examples from Stage Folk: below, left, Ethel Barrymore, and right, George M. Cohan.

* and **: Below left, Mr. Frueh’s drawing in the first issue of The New Yorker, February 21, 1925; below right, Frueh’s cover for the magazine’s second issue, February 28, 1925.

More Frueh

For those wanting more about Frueh, there’s Frueh On The Theatre: Theatrical Caricatures 1906-1962, a catalog from The New York Public Library, published in 1972  (preface by Brendan Gill).



Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on secret tactics.

Mr. Hamilton has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit his website here.


The Tilley Watch: The Daily Shouts Cartoonist; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon; The Norman Rockwell Museum’s Four Freedoms Forum

No new issue this week (last week’s was a double)… but, as always, there’s online cartoon activity at :

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts cartoonist Ward Sutton brought us “Lower-Bar Heroes Of The Coronavirus”…Mr. Sutton has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2007.  Visit his website here.

Today’s Daily cartoon is by Liz Montague, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2019.  Visit her website here.



Norman Rockwell Museum Four Freedoms Forum

All the info here.

  • Jenn Smith (moderator), Community engagement editor and education reporter at The Berkshire Eagle
  • Brooke Bridges, Founder and CEO of Building Bridges SEL
  • Liza Donnelly, Illustrator and Author, Cartoonist for Peace
  • Gwendolyn Hamden Van Sant, Founder and CEO of Multicultural Bridge
  • Laurie Norton Moffatt, Director and CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum
  • Roberta McCulloch Dews, Education Chair of the Norman Rockwell Museum Board of Trustees, and Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office at City of Pittsfield
  • Jerry Pinkney, Illustrator and Author, Caldecott Winner, and Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner



Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist & Yesterday’s; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Today’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist

From Ali Fitzgerald: “America!: How Birds Are Adjusting To Our New Reality”

Ms. Fitzgerald has been contributing since 2016.

Yesterday’s Daily Shouts Cartoonist: Emily Flake, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2008.



Today’s Daily Cartoonist: a newbie, Yasin Osman.  This is his first appearance (his work, as of yet, has not appeared in the print magazine).  Visit his website here.




The Wednesday Watch: Two Steinberg Videos Of Interest; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon


Two Steinberg Videos Of Interest

Incontro con Saul Steinberg

in Italian (with Steinberg’s voice dubbed). Screen grab above from this video. Fun to watch even if you don’t speak the language.

And… Steinberg: Outsider Extraordinairea National Gallery of Art lecture.

Steinberg’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Saul Steinberg Born, June 15, 1914, Ramnic-Sarat, Rumania. Died in 1999. New Yorker work: 1941 – (The New Yorker publishes his work posthumously). Steinberg is one of the giants of The New Yorker.  Go here to visit the saulsteinbergfoundation where you’ll find  much essential information and examples of his work.


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Tim Hamilton on Trump in his bunker.

Mr. Hamilton has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016. Visit his website here.

Podcast Of Interest: R. Sikoryak; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

R. Sikoryak is Gil Roth’s latest guest on The Virtual Memories Show. You might remember that Mr. Sikoryak provided the cover (shown above right) for The New Yorker‘s special Cartoon Takeover issue (December 30th, 2019). Listen here.

–My thanks to fellow New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein for bringing this installment of the Virtual Memories Show to my attention.


Adam Douglas Thompson on so much to read. Mr. Thompson began contributing to The New Yorker in 2019.

Visit his website here.