Sunday, June 10, 2018

Helen E. Hokinson: A Mutual Slight

Two very different single-panel gags from the Philadelphia estate of Robert Swan Lindsley and Eric Hoage were sold together at auction in 2015. The first is a 1950 newspaper gag by William Galbraith Crawford that pokes fun at how some in the older generation cling to a wartime mentality of scarcity well into the postwar consumer era. The caption, quite frankly, could have flowed better with some thoughtful rewriting.


Two single-panel gag cartoons


"I'm stuck to do all the shopping for groceries—Mother is afraid if people see her in a store they'll think she's hoarding!"
William Galbraith Crawford
Original framed artwork
Side Glances, September 16, 1950, NEA
William Galbraith Crawford's signature



The second cartoon is instantly recognizable by the enlightened presence of Helen E. Hokinson's supremely-dignified club ladies. They were featured in a running series of gags that appeared in—where else?—The New Yorker. In this case, the caption is quite well conceived, yet it still is to receive an editorial tweak prior to publication that will be a small yet palpable improvement.
"If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, we will ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Published as "If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, let us ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Helen E. Hokinson
Original framed artwork
The New Yorker, February 8, 1936, page 38



"If the Department of Sanitation ignores uswe will ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Published as "If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, let us ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Helen E. Hokinson
Original artwork
The New Yorker, February 8, 1936, page 38


Helen E. Hokinson's signature 


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Side Glances (top row, second from left)
The Sunday News and Tribune from
Jefferson City, Missouri
September 17, 1950, page 12



"If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, let us ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Helen E. Hokinson
The New Yorker, February 8, 1936, page 38

"If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, we will ignore the Department of Sanitation!"
Published as "If the Department of Sanitation ignores us, let us ignore the Department of Sanitation!"

Helen E. Hokinson
Original artwork
The New Yorker, February 8, 1936, page 38






Drawing by Helen E. Hokinson



Note:  Further examples of original art by Helen E. Hokinson and other New Yorker cartoonists are eagerly sought after here. Send scans or photographs to Attempted Bloggery but not to the Department of Sanitation.

This is William Galbraith Crawford's first appearance on Attempted Bloggery. What should we call him? He signed his work Galbraith to avoid confusion with editorial cartoonist William "Bill" Crawford. As a result of this expediency, he is listed on the Condé Nast Store site—and in every New Yorker book I checked—as William Crawford Galbraith. On Ink Spill he is simply W. C. Galbraith. The latter site notes that from 1929 to 1940 his work appeared in The New Yorker—or, as he might have called it, The Yorker New.
William Galbraith Crawford
The New Yorker, July 25, 1936


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