Monday cartoon day.
How many cartoonists do you know that have a theatre named after them? There's only one, of course. In 2003 the Martin Beck theatre was renamed the Al Hirschfeld theatre after the famous caricaturist, who had died that year at the age of 100. Hirschfeld had been working until his death, so he must have been doing caricatures for almost almost 75 years. I am a huge fan of his work, as I guess everyone is who appreciates clever, sophisticated cartooning. It surprises me that very few books of his work have been made. As far as I can see there isn't even a biography, although I understand the book Hirschfeld On Line has some sort of biographical information. It is very hard to come by, even though it was published in 1999. There is also a documentary with the same name, which I remember seeing on television and being very impressed with.
Still, there must be thousands of drawings he did that were not collected. Thousands of people he caricatured, which haven't been catalogued. Wouldn't it be nice to have a list of all people he caricatured. In looking for material for this blog, I have come across some of those unreprinted works of his, that I would like to share.
The first is a series of ads he did for CBS radio in 1944. Mine come from the Philidelphia Enquirer, an excellent paper all around. In these ads, which were published daily for a week, he captures every CBS program for every that of that season. Often caricaturing people you will have never heard about (and probably never will again). But there are some familiar faces, too.
These images will now be in public domain, so anyone who wants to use them for their collection of Old Time Radio programs, can probably just do that. All I ask in return is a copy. I always wanted to hear what Baby Snooks sounds like. To lure anyone googling these names to my blog, I will spell them out seperately.
Baby Snooks with Fanny Brice
The Kate Smith Hour
Blondie, the famous comic strip with Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake
Jimmy Melton and guests
Crime Doctor, crime show with Ray Collins
Parks Johnson & Warren Hull in Vox Pop
Lux Radio Theatre directed by Cecil B. DeMille
The Screen Guild Players
Questions and aanswers with Bob Hawk
The Gay Nineties with Joe Howard
George Burns & Gracie Allen
This Is My Best
I Love a Mystery, the adventures of the A-1 Detective Agency with Doc Long and Jack Packard
American Melody Hour with Eileen Farrell
Allan Jones, musical show with the orchestra of Woody Herman
Dr. Christian, soap opera with Jean Hershold
Frank Sinatra, variety show with America's favorite singer
Jack Carson, comedy show
Nelson Eddy, musical show
Major Bowes' talent show
Meet Corliss Archer, with Priscilla Lyon
Here's to Romance, musicalk show with Larry Douglas
Death Valley Sheriff with The Old Ranger
Inner Sanctum with Raymond Edward Johnson
The Kenny Baker program, musical comedy
Saturday Night Serenade with Jessica Dragonette
The Mayor of the Town with Lionel Barrymore