Monday, October 26, 2020

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #730

I'm back from the lab and ready to publish the preliminary findings of my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #730 for October 26, 2020. The drawing is by Navied Mahdavian.

"I could use a few pointers for the maze."

This caption wasn't part of the protocol:
"Nothing to report in the control group."


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Betty Parsons's Copy of All in Line by Saul Steinberg

The year 1945 saw the release of Saul Steinberg's collection All in Line. The book is extraordinary. So is his art dealer Betty Parsons's copy.

Photo by Joe Petro III

Photo by Joe Petro III

Photo by Joe Petro III
Photo by Joe Petro III

Photo by Joe Petro III

  This is the fourth and final book dedicated by Saul Steinberg to Betty Parsons that Joe Petro III somehow chanced upon and added to his library. My thanks to Joe for sharing it here.

Wow. I am eager to show more. If you too have access to personalized Steinberg books, or access to someone with access to them, please send scans or photos to me for use on Attempted Bloggery.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Betty Parsons's Copy of Fourteen Americans Signed by Saul Steinberg

Fourteen Americans was published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1946 concurrently with an exhibition. The catalogue is long out of print, but MoMa keeps a PDF of their file copy online. Saul Steinberg was included in the show. It is helpful to see the catalogue's cover as published before seeing how Steinberg embellished a copy for his gallerist Betty Parsons.

Steinberg personalized Parsons's copy using a blue-colored pencil. The book's cover has some evidence of exposure to dampness over the years. Still it is quite remarkable what Steinberg has done:
Photo by Joe Petro III

Let's go back to MoMA's file copy. The list of the fourteen artists offers proof, if any were needed, that Steinberg was the penultimate American:

The title page:

There are two pages devoted to Saul Steinberg's work:

  My thanks again go to Joe Petro III for photographing the cover of Betty Parsons's book. Joe somehow found four of these books dedicated by Steinberg to Parsons and that, my friends, leaves one more for tomorrow.

Saul Steinberg personalized many books to many people. I would be only too pleased to show more of these on Attempted Bloggery.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Betty Parsons's Copy of The Art of Living by Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg's collection The Art of Living dates from 1949. This copy is dedicated somewhat cryptically to his gallerist Betty Parsons.

Photo by Joe Petro III

Photo by Joe Petro III

Note:  Thanks again to Joe Petro III for providing these images. Two more of his Steinberg books dedicated to Betty Parsons will be showing up here very soon.

If you have access to a personalized book from Saul Steinberg akin to this one, why not submit a scan or two?


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Betty Parsons's Copy of The Inspector by Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg's collection The Inspector was published in 1973. This copy is warmly inscribed to his longtime art dealer Betty Parsons.

Photo by Joe Petro III

Photo by Joe Petro III

Note:  Thanks to Joe Petro III for sending me images of this unique book from his collection. Joe has three other books dedicated by Steinberg to Betty Parsons and it's a safe bet you will be seeing them here.

By the way, books personalized by Saul Steinberg are something I'm looking to post on this blog. (Hint.)


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #97

Here are my entries in the Cartoon Collections Caption Contest #97. The drawing of "an unusual library scene" is by Jeremy Nguyen.

"It's in lieu of late fees."
"We specialize in true crime."
"We have the entire corpus."
"First their library cards expired."
"We also collect dead letters."
"This doesn't belong in the humor section."

Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

Jeremy Nguyen



Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Maurice's Copy of The Wild, Wild Women by Vip

Scott Burns has come through yet again with a scan of another copy of Virgil Partch's The Wild, Wild Women (1952). Vip, as he is also known, has inscribed this book to Maurice and included a drawing of what can only be called a book chest.

Scan by Scott Burns

  My thanks once again go to Scott Burns of Burns Bizarre for this and the previous Partch books and originals he's scanned for the blog. This is the tenth post to which he's contributed. I do keep count.

As we have seen, Virgil Partch was endlessly inventive when it came to making drawings for his fans. Attempted Bloggery seeks more signed Vip books with drawings or inscriptions.


Monday, October 19, 2020

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #729

Lie back and enjoy my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #729 for October 19, 2020. The drawing is by Michael Maslin.

"I'm exhausted. Let's go to bed."

These captions weren't regal enough:

"Where should we put the petitioners?"
"Who says I'm not the King of Swing?"
"I'm not getting my steps."


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Morice's Copy of Here We Go Again by Virgil Partch

A woman struggling against a man's unwanted advances is the subject of an original drawing in Here We Go Again (1951) by Virgil Franklin Partch who usually signs his work as Vip. There is no signature though on this particular page. Men should take note that it is no longer considered acceptable to forcibly put one's shoes on the upholstery.

Scan by Scott Burns

Note:  My thanks to Scott Burns of Burns Bizarre for this scan of original Partch art from one of his books. He is now up to nine contributions to this blog.

There are still a lot of unphotographed and unblogged Partch books out there. Attempted Bloggery is looking for additional images of original Vip cartoons or signed Virgil Partch books with drawings.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Snookey's Copy of Bottle Fatigue by Vip

Virgil Partch, or Vip, was quite generous in presenting readers with drawings in his signed cartoon books. Even so, Snookey must have been pretty special to merit not one but two full-page cartoons in the book Bottle Fatigue (1950), a collection of cartoons about alcohol. The drawings seem to be unusually finished and may have been executed in Partch's studio. The drawings, left to right, are labeled (Scotch) and (Gin). Or perhaps they're about shaking drinks.
Scan by Scott Burns

Note:  Scott Burns has come through once again with a great scan of a Partch rarity. This is his eighth contribution to this blog. You'll see, we'll be up to ten in no time.

Can one have too much of a good thing? I don't see how. Attempted Bloggery seeks images of original Vip cartoons or signed Virgil Partch books with souvenir drawings.