Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Good Copy of the June 20, 1925 New Yorker

Ninety years ago the New Yorker celebrated the coming of its first summer with a beautiful, stylized cover by H. O. Hofman depicting an angular waterskier. Cartoonists such as W. Heath Robinson and Alfred Frueh appeared in the issue. Today, copies of the magazine from early in that first year typically sell for more than $500. On eBay this past March, a good if slightly faded copy of the June 20 issue sold for the noteworthy price of $1330. That's nearly nine-thousand times the newsstand price of 15 cents in 1925!

H. O. Hofman, The New Yorker, June 20, 1925

A cartoon by W. Heath Robinson, left, from the days when the New Yorker had difficulty selling advertising even on the inside front cover.

Alfred Frueh. News Reaches the Bar Association that the Stillmans, the Stokeses, and the Goulds Have
Decided to Settle Their Differences Out of Court.

"Against Tobacco"

"Polo is the caviar of sport."

Hebert Tareyton

EBay Listing Ended March 24, 2015

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It gets interesting in the final nine seconds.

Note:  Here's a post of mine, also based on an eBay sale, about an unusual copy of the magazine's seventh issue from its first year. Or is it the fifth issue?

It wasn't that long ago that I took a good look at the New Yorker's first twelve issues. Then, for some unfathomable reason, I stopped. Perhaps I'll be able to get back to it one of these days. In the meantime, here's my look at the twelfth issue.

And don't miss the blog posts of summer.


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