Friday, January 4, 2019

A tea cartoon for the new year

Have you heard of the cartoonist Rea Irvin? I had not, but he lived from 1881-1972, and according to the Library of Congress website, this cartoon of his was published in 1916. It's titled "A happy New Year 1867 - a happy New Year 1917."

And here's the summary of the cartoon: "The 1867 panel shows a proper Victorian family -- father, mother, and little girl -- in their parlor, taking tea. The 1917 panel shows a riotous party in a restaurant with champagne corks popping, a man dancing on the table, two men playing leapfrog, and a heavy lady in a strapless dress drinking champagne. Irvin was a popular contributor of cartoons to Life (the humor magazine) before being named art editor of the New Yorker in 1925."

I probably don't have to tell you all that my New Year's celebration looked much more like the first panel than the second one!


  1. My New Year's celebration was more like the first panel, too! Cute cartoon.

  2. Yes, the first panel is more my current style, too (although I have spent some interesting New Year's Eves in snow and sub-zero weather on Red Square in Moscow). I'm glad you brought our attention to the artist Rea Irwin. His name was not familiar to me, but his works were, as his work appeared on 169 "New Yorker" magazine covers.

  3. My celebration was more like the first panel too.


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