Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Peter Arno's Side-Show for July 1937

The July 1937 issue of College Humor has three more cartoons by the splendid Peter Arno. For the full-page lead-in, Arno reminds us that we should never be oblivious to the mating habits of our peers.

"See here! Won't you two have a bit of nourishment?"
"Peter Arno's Side-Show," College Humor, Vol. 5, No. 3, July 1937, p. 18

The second page of cartoons consists of second thoughts, first from a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman and then from a visiting art critic.

"Well, madam, I WAS going to sell you a vacuum cleaner!" [above]
"It's good, Peasley—but is it you?" [below]

"Peter Arno's Side-Show," College Humor, Vol. 5, No. 3, July 1937, p. 18

Social Notes from All Over:  Wilma Bard spends a night on the town and gets to meet the dapper Peter Arno:
"Tugboat Minnie" (1939)
British Pathé

Note:  The great Peter Arno published many cartoons over the years in College Humor, and this week I'm sharing cartoons from the issues of July 1936 as well as from May, July, September, and October 1937. If you have access to other issues containing Arno cartoons and to a working camera, why not drop me a line?

Yesterday my blog post was noted on Ink Spill! Check out the link for all the Peter Arno posts to appear on that site.

Yes, it's time to clear off your nightstand and make room for Michael Maslin's new biography of Peter Arno, coming to you April 19 from Regan Arts. Peter Arno:  The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist is available for pre-order on, which incidentally can also fix you up with all of Peasley's art supplies, although you'll still have to find your own model.

This copy of College Humor, Vol. 5, No. 3, for July 1937 resides in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University. They keep it under lock and key in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library but they're willing to show it to bloggers and other model citizens. It helps to have comics librarian Karen Green in the loop. And there's a lot to see so a bit of nourishment before your research couldn't hurt.


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