Sunday, April 8, 2018

E. Simms Campbell: Sleeping Arrangements

It seems fitting that The Pocket Book of Esquire Cartoons, a 1959 paperback edition of selections from The Esquire Cartoon Album: 25th Anniversary Volume (1957), should have on its cover one of the very popular "Harem Girls" cartoons of E. Simms Campbell. The cartoon is not perfect; it relies on a prominent sign to explain the setting, but then it was usually more of a priority to show off the women than to describe the exotic locale. The Harem Girls, it will be noted, do not change their wardrobe when they go to the market. Like the women's clothing, the caption is brief and to the point.
"Something that sleeps twelve!"
E. Simms Campbell
The Pocket Book of Esquire Cartoons, 1959

Note:  This cartoon has a history. Readers who may know the issue of Esquire in which this was first published should get in touch.

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