Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Books Signed by Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon

In a recent eBay listing, copies of the cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon were offered at auction in far from pristine condition. They nevertheless were desirable copies, containing two of the harder-to-find New Yorker cartoonist signatures.

Cartoon collections When Were You Built? (1948) by Helen E. Hokinson and "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980) by Charles Saxon
Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948)

Helen E. Hokinson's signature

"I just want to say that I'm perfectly willing to serve as treasurer, provided
every penny doesn't have to come out exactly even."

Helen E. Hokinson, When Were You Built? (1948) title page

"Surely you can't have misplaced the Eighteenth Armored                              "Elizabeth Connor McMeekin, '15?"                               
          Division again, Miss MacEldowny!"                                                "Present. After graduation, I started to take an M.A.
                                                                                                                 at Teachers College, but gave it up to marry Roy

                                                                                                                      McMeekin,Cornell '12. My husband was only a plant
                                                                                                                       engineer with the telephone company at the time and
                                                                                                                            had not yet become an executive. We lived in Columbus,
                                                                                                                     Ohio, until 1927, when Mr. McMeekin was called to
                                                                                                                        New York, and we built a home in Westchester. 1 have
                                                                                                                      two children, a girl, Elsie, aged nineteen, and a boy,
                                                                                                                        Donald, aged seventeen. I want to say that I think this
                                                                                                                    Alpha Delta Alpha alumnae picnic  wonderful idea
                                                                                                                                 and that Penny Trowbridge should be congratulated on                                                                                                                                        getting it up. I hope we can get together next summer                                                                                                           and repeat it with all the same people."

Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)

Charles Saxon's signature

Charles Saxon, "Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!" (1980)
Title page
Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art

Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Listing Ended June 14, 2017

Helen E. Hokinson and Charles Saxon
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
One bid

Note:  Wouldn't you know it? I didn't record this seller's eBay auction of the rare book signed by Mary Petty. Did any reader happen to grab a photo or two?

By the way, I'm always looking for scans and photographs of rare and unusual books by the likes of Helen E. Hokinson, Charles Saxon, Mary Petty, and other New Yorker artists. I'd be more specific, but often the most wonderful finds are things I never dreamed were out there.


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