Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Peter Arno: Prints for the New York Post

Peter Arno created a series of twelve prints as a premium for the New York Post's "Famous Names" promotion in either 1932 or 1934, depending on the source. The prints are unusual for Arno, relying on word balloons rather than captions. The gags seem to be a bit unfocussed and off the mark, lacking the incisive editing Arno enjoyed over at the New Yorker. The print size is either 9.25" x 9.25" or 9.5" x 9.5"—again depending on the source.

Peter Arno, "But darling! We couldn't marry on my salary!"

Peter Arno, "Your ribbon is loose, Ann."
"Keep your own on, Pearl."
"Say! When do we eat?"

Peter Arno, "A gent, tonight to see you, miss."
"'Ow is that[?] Oh, Hi say! Can't he wait? James."

Peter Arno, "Aw, lend me five, Mike!"
"Shoot the works!"
Image added July 18, 2016 

"Here y'are, folks! Take home a baby doll!"
Image added July 18, 2016

"Excuse me—but Ah wants some cawhn likker!"
Image added July 18, 2016

"You missed your mark a little, didn't you, Mr. Smith?"
"Oh, no, I didn't[,] brother[!]"
"Tell me[,] have you eaten[,] boys?"
Image added July 18, 2016

"All wool and a yard wide!"
Image added July 18, 2016

Image added July 18, 2016

New York Post mailing envelope

Note:  Well, you know what I'm going to say. Obviously I'd like to clear up the inconsistencies between these two conflicting sources and find the images of the other nine New York Post prints. Can anyone help out?

Readers interested in Peter Arno's work will find many posts of interest here, I hope.


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