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à la mode

love the style of this hand-painted sign that hangs in the Tenement Museum, NYC. (I’m guessing that it originally hung across the street, at 96 Orchard.) It commemorates the history of the garment industry in New York’s Lower East Side.

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Posted in 30's, 40's, nyc, signage, typography

found & lost

finally found a minute to run uptown to see Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration 1917-2017, an exhibit at the charming upper eastside headquarters of the Society of Illustrators. Will Eisner (1917–2005) was a major innovator and influencer in American comic

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Posted in 30's, 40's, books, cartoonists, comic books, sva

a spirited evening

attended Will Eisner’s The Spirit 75th Anniversary Celebration at the SVA theatre Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer, and former publisher and president of DC Comics, Paul Levitz, discussed the legacy of comic artist and longtime SVA faculty member, Will

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Posted in 40's, 80's, comic books, sva

it sings to me

Finally made my way to the Whitney Museum of American Art. This lively cartoon-like painting, Blind Singer, 1942, by William Henry Johnson really caught my eye. Johnson (1901-1970) was an African-American painter born in Florence, South Carolina. He was influenced

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Posted in 40's, painting

a really big shew

I’ve been reading “Always on Sunday” by Michael Harris, about tv host Ed Sullivan. Sullivan broadcast from 1948 to 1971, making his “shew” the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. Unlike the smooth television personalities of today, part of

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Posted in 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, books

happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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Posted in 40's, 50's, cartoonists, comics, toys

happy birthday, cipe!

June 23, 1908 is the birthday of art director Cipe Pineles, who broke gender barriers in the publication world, while working to produce a smarter magazine for the young American woman.

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Posted in 40's, 50's, 60's, magazines