Monday, March 17, 2014

Barbara Shermund at the Zoo

A Barbara Shermund color cartoon is dated August 1955. The New Yorker, of course, was published weekly at the time and Esquire, with which Shermund was then associated, was a monthly magazine. The monthly date is  just one reason such a cartoon should not be identified as having been published in the New Yorker, not even by an enterprising eBay seller. The other reasons are the use of color, which never appeared in the New Yorker's 1950's gag cartoons, and the fact that Shermund did not publish in the weekly magazine after 1944.

The cartoon itself gives a jaded young woman's comically-exaggerated view of the kind of man one might encounter on a blind date. If this is indeed from Esquire, I'm a little surprised this gag would resonate with the editors and readers of a men's general-interest magazine, but I suppose they were interested in seeing an available woman's perspective. My parents themselves met on a double blind date back in this era. The other couple with them couldn't stand each other.


Barbara Shermund, "I'm going on a blind date tomorrow night--did I tell you?"
Framed original artwork for Esquire[?], August 1955

Barbara Shermund, "I'm going on a blind date tomorrow night--did I tell you?"
Original artwork for Esquire[?], August 1955

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Barbara-Shermund-Original-New-Yorker-Cartoon-/161233218669?pt=Art_Paintings&hash=item258a3fac6d&nma=true&si=UB68sj2DvLx%252F9kdb54zXrlCgzYs%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557





Note:  A related post on Barbara Shermund appeared here yesterday.

Older posts about St. Patrick's Day may be seen here. St. Patrick is said to have driven the snakes out of Ireland. They could use him in Guam.

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