Friday, October 7, 2022

The New Yorker covers: January 20, 1975

Over the years, there have been many magazines whose covers have featured the work of highly talented artists and illustrators. But probably no magazine has had more varied and memorable covers, over a longer period of time, than The New Yorkerwhich was founded in 1925.

Eugene Mihaesco
(covers untitled until February 1993)

New England Landmarks: Maine (No. 37 in a series)


The National Register of Historic Places contains more than 85,000 sites, but only some 2,500 of them have been listed as National Historic Landmarks. New England is home to hundreds of these particularly significant structures, objects and places.

Above:
The Great Seal of the State of Maine

MAINE
Neil Dow House, Portland

Home of Portland mayor and 1880 Prohibition Party candidate for U.S. president, Neal S. Dow.


"What is art but a way of seeing?" Saul Bellow

"Owls Head: As Morning Fog Clears on Maine’s Serene Coastline," John Stobart

Today in the history of the American comic strip: October 7


American cartoonists and writers may not have invented the comic strip, but some argue that the comics, as we know them today, are an American creation. Clearly, the United States has played an outsize role in the development of this underappreciated art form.

10.7.1945: Silly Symphony is cancelled. Launched in 1932 as Silly Symphonies, it featured adaptations of Walt Disney cartoons and animated films.
 
10.7.1989: Fifteen years after Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer abandoned the Sunday comics, the daily strip is eliminated as well.


Most of the information listed here from one day to the next comes from two online sites -- Wikipedia, and Don Markstein's Toonopedia -- as well as 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics, edited by Maurice Horn. Note that my focus is on American newspaper comic strips (and the occasional foreign strip that gained popularity in the United States). Thus, comic books and exclusively online comics are not included here.

The birth of an artist: October 7

 

Jean-Paul Riopelle
October 7, 1923

Charles Chickering
October 7, 1891

John White Alexander
October 7, 1856

Thursday, October 6, 2022

The New Yorker covers: March 24, 1962

Over the years, there have been many magazines whose covers have featured the work of highly talented artists and illustrators. But probably no magazine has had more varied and memorable covers, over a longer period of time, than The New Yorkerwhich was founded in 1925.

Garrett Price
(covers untitled until February 1993)

New England Landmarks: Rhode Island (No. 36 in a series)


The National Register of Historic Places contains more than 85,000 sites, but only some 2,500 of them have been listed as National Historic Landmarks. New England is home to hundreds of these particularly significant structures, objects and places.

Above:
The Great Seal of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

RHODE ISLAND
Block Island Southeast Light, New Shoreham

Built in 1874, this lighthouse has been described as one of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses constructed in the United States in the 19th century.


"What is art but a way of seeing?" Saul Bellow

"The Red Maple," 1914, A.Y. Jackson