Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thurber Spot

I'm not sure you'd want this character as your dinner party companion, but it's probably okay to observe him from a safe distance. This spot drawing by James Thurber appeared in the New Yorker fifty-eight years ago today and remains, as we say, spot on.

James Thurber, spot drawing
The New Yorker, February 18, 1956, page 34

Note:  The New Yorker's spot drawings are truly meant as ephemera, yet some of them remain delightful decades later. You can see just a few classics here.


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