Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"You wait here and I'll bring the etchings down."

A few years ago, in 2004 to be precise, we were in Miami Beach, Florida, for Christmas and visit the "Miami Modern" exhibition of the Miami Design Preservation League. Among the many artifacts of the Art Deco Era on display were three framed magazine illustrations each titled: AMERICAN PLAYGROUNDS and bearing the following subtitles:
  • "Public Beach, Miami Beach" (1/7/50)
  • "Venetian Waterway, Miami Beach" (3/29/52)
  • "Waterfront, Miami" (2/24/51).

They were in the manner of Gluyas Willams, the titles were in the font used by the New Yorker, and the dates correspond to New Yorker publication dates. Furthermore, William did a series of AMERICA'S PLAYGROUNDS for the New Yorker. However, when I looked at the CD that accompanied the big book of The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker, I cannot find those three illustrations.

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