Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The World of Dr. Seuss Lunchbox

The World of Dr. Seuss lunchbox was produced in 1970 by Aladdin Industries, Inc., of Nashville. The lunchbox has images from The Cat in the Hat (1957), Horton Hears a Who! (1954), Happy Birthday to You! (1959), The Sneetches and Other Stories including the story "The Zax" (1953), and I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (1965). The thermos also features images from The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, and the story "The Sneetches," as well as Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957).

I'm not sure what is hidden by the handle, but it might be a character from On Beyond Zebra! (1955) on the left and perhaps Gertrude McFuzz, the second story in Yertle the Turtle, on the right.

Dr. Seuss
Weiss Auctions Listing Accessed January 18, 2020


Monday, May 23, 2022

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #803

This week, I made a down payment on an entry for The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #803 from the issue of May 23, 2022. My fast-talking caption is shown below. The drawing is by Feggo.

"A ride like this comes along once in a lifetime."

These captions were too immature:

"This will bring out your inner child."
"It's perfect for a new driver."
"She'll be good as new once you hose her down."
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal."
"An opportunity like this comes along only once in a lifetime."
"This is our leader in fuel economy."
"You can just say good-bye to that monthly garage fee."


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Roger Angell's Business Card, Signed

Legendary sports writer and J. G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell passed away Friday at the age of 101. His business card as senior editor of The New Yorker, signed in 2015, was sold two years ago on eBay. The eBay seller from whose collection it came opened the bidding at allowed the market to set the price. It did so at $21.50.

Roger Angell
eBay listing April 3, 2020

Roger Angell
eBay item description

Roger Angell
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Mary Petty: The Turkish Corner

Illustrator Tom Bloom writes to share a scan capturing a fine work of original illustration art by Mary Petty. It depicts a young woman enjoying a private moment of reading surrounded by an extraordinarily rich and exotic collection of Turkish objets d'art. Petty's drawing is exquisitely detailed, with a lushness and texture that the printing process wasn't fully able to capture. This illustration, called The Turkish Corner, includes many distinct decorative patterns rendered with utter conviction. It appeared in Good-Bye, Mr. Chippendale (1944) by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.


Note:  My thanks to Tom Bloom for the terrific scan. This is Tom's twentieth contribution to the blog. I am one fortunate blogger.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Mary Petty: Fay's Brush with Henry Moore

That's Mrs. Peabody's maid, Fay, having a little dust up with a Henry Moore sculpture in Mary Petty's apparently unpublished original illustration.

Many a mid-century cartoonist made fun of Moore's modern sculptures; Petty goes for the obvious gag but she shows no apparent disrespect. Rather, she has poor Fay going to impractical extremes in order to get her housework done. It's an awkward image for the usually graceful Fay; in fact all the poise resides in the Moore work. This is a study in contrasts: Fay is black-and-white, angular, off-balance, while the reclining figure is colorful, rounded, sturdy. All this might have worked as an amusing cover for The New Yorker; very likely it was submitted and even considered by the editors. Still, one can almost imagine the magazine's founding editor Harold Ross, something of a literalist, demanding to know why Fay couldn't just as easily go around the sculpture as through it.

Detail of maid and sculpture

Mary Petty's signature


The verso bears a Greek stamp and a notation. The letters at the top look tantalizingly like an O.K. The writing resembles printer's marks. Was this piece in fact published?

Tape residue is affixed to the bottom of the art. Who puts tape on a Henry Moore?

More tape residue is on the left side of the art.

Mary Petty
Chairish listing accessed March 19, 2022


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Mary Petty: These Petty Prints

In the 1940s, the American Folio Company of Westport issued lithographic prints of some of Mary Petty's wonderful New Yorker covers. The prints do not bear the New Yorker logo and are unsigned. No edition size is specified. The quality of the printing doesn't seem overly exceptional. Here are a few examples:

The blue line at the bottom of the image provides an indication of just how out of register this print is. Perhaps that's part of the reason it seems blurry in the photos.

Mary Petty
eBay Listing Ended April 21, 2016

Mary Petty
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Mary Petty
eBay Listing Ended April 21, 2016

Mary Petty
eBay item description