Sunday, November 19, 2017

Follow the Fold: Otto Soglow in College Humor, July 1937

Cartoonist Otto Soglow's bank teller gets religion in four panels as seen in the July 1937 issue of College Humor. We know quite a lot about this teller: his name is Mr. Macintosh, he works for the Bean Exchange(!), and he sports a mustache that is about to go out of style forever.

Otto Soglow
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 3, July 1937, page 13

Note:  This cartoon was photographed in the July 1937 issue of College Humor, just one page out of some 5,600 publications in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection. You can find it in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. A blogger could get lost in this collection for a very long time. I imagine someone without a blog could get lost too, but then who would know? The collection is accessible by the general public. Just contact Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green. Be sure to blog about what you find, or send me a few pictures and I'll blog about them for you.  Really, how hard can it be?

Why isn't Otto Soglow better known? He was pretty popular in his day. Help me keep his work in the public eye on Attempted Bloggery. I am looking for high-quality scans or photographs of original cartoon art by Soglow and other artists whose work appeared in magazines like College Humor or The New Yorker. Examples of rare or forgotten published work like this bank teller cartoon are always desired.

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