Monday, February 18, 2019

Otto Soglow's Circus Scarf

Our digital lifeline to Otto Soglow's circus-themed scarf is somewhat tenuous. An example of it was listed on eBay some time ago where it was dated, certainly incorrectly, to the 1930s. A lone Pinterest user, Sue Otto, saved a single low-resolution image. And that's all we have to go on today.

Very well. Designed for Richard Farrar in the 1940s or '50s, Soglow's scarf gives us a lively three ring circus without a single focal point. The example on Pinterest is in red and green plus black and white. It seems an odd call that the scarf-buying public would want a sword-swallower included in the design, but that's Soglow for you.

This is likely the primary orientation:
Otto Soglow
Circus scarf design for Richard Farrar


This is the orientation seen on Pinterest:

Otto Soglow
Circus scarf design for Richard Farrar
Elephant orientation
Otto Soglow
Circus scarf design for Richard Farrar
Sea lion orientation
Otto Soglow
Circus scarf design for Richard Farrar
Lion tamer orientation


February 19, 2019 Update:  Another eBay sale archived on Worthpoint demonstrates another color scheme: light gray and red plus black and white. There are also some nice photos of details from the scarf.
Otto Soglow
Circus scarf design for Richard Farrar
Elephant orientation



O. Soglow signature  and Circus title

Detail with three elephants

Detail of clown corner

Otto Soglow
eBay Listing Archived on Worthpoint




Note:  The red and green scarf is certainly worthy of higher resolution photography. The design most likely exists in a variety of other colors not shown here which should be documented for posterity. If you've got one of these circus scarves in your wardrobe, why not snap a photo or two and send it this way?

My thanks to Joel Jacobus, the maestro of Charles Addams memorabilia, who alerted me to the existence of this scarf. 

Original art by Otto Soglow occasionally appears on this blog, but I'd happily make room for more of it. Rare cartoons that have not already made it onto the internet would be welcome as well. And scarves. Don't forget those scarves.



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