Magazine article The New Yorker

1925-1935

Magazine article The New Yorker

1925-1935

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1925-1935

"My God, we're out of gin."

Conceived and goaded into life in the winter of 1925 by the hayseed cosmopolite Harold Ross, The New Yorker took tremulous wing with the contributions of evening friends of his like Robert Benchley, Frank Sullivan, and Dorothy Parker, and with the uneasy backing of a bakery mogul, Raoul Fleishmann. Another critical forefather was the art editor, Rea Irvin, who installed the sensual typeface, drew the Eustace Tilley cover, and began publishing the work of brilliant artists (never "cartoonists," in house parlance) like Helen Hokinson, Al Frueh, Otto Soglow, Richard Decker, Mary Petty, Gluyas Williams--and, in profusion, that of the magazine's first genius, Peter Arno. Irvin's own stuff lit up almost every issue. (Minister blesses foxhounds, runs hill and dale, blesses fox, too.) It seemed all in fun at first, an eager little rag with classy, Deco-tinged covers, barely afloat from week to week, but already a habit in younger households. …

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