March 16, 1946 cover of The New Yorker


I like this cover from a 1946 edition of The New Yorker.


    1. My thought as well when I first saw the image! Today, she’d still probably have a similar expression of concern, in anticipation of having a bucket of alginate dumped on her head…

    1. I’m glad the “Asian” mask is up there with the other monstrous options.

      Actually, it’s next to Dobie Gillis and Veronica Lake.

    2. I’m glad the “Asian” mask is up there with the other monstrous options.

      Uhh, the other “monstrous” options like the white guy and the white woman? I think you’re reading a bit too much into it..

  1. Ah, those days when Asian women, plain women and old women could be lumped in with monsters and no one batted an eye.

    1. Well, it’s nice to have a focus. Going through life examining *everything* for some bit of context to get pissed off about.

  2. Ah, those days when raffish, eye-patched, bearded white men could be lumped with monsters and no one batted an eye (unless it was the eye behind the patch, in which case you might not see the batting). Those were the days!

    Seriously, I like how the creepy old man in green sort-of-but-not-quite looks like Joe E. Brown, of “Nobody’s perfect” fame.

  3. Will I get moderated for mentioning the improbably sharp nipple showing through the girl’s sweater? That drew my attention a lot more than the masks! ;)

    1. That seems possible, but if my sources are correct Bud Westmore’s fame as a makeup artist was only just beginning in 1946 (“Devil Bat’s Daughter,” “The Flying Serpent” and “The Strangler of the Swamp.”) His later work could certainly have sprung from that wall, but that was a few years down the road.

    1. 15¢ in 1946 is $1.64 in 2008 money, so compensating for inflation, the New Yorker has nearly quadrupled in price!

  4. I didn’t even look at the date for a few seconds and I thought it was the latest issue, I had never realized how “stylized” The New Yorker covers are

  5. Wait, isn’t eyepatch guy actually Sawyer from Lost? Holy cats – do you realize they pre-inserted him in NINETEEN FOURTY SIX! Man. That series is deeper than I though! I’m thinking he has to lose the eye in order to maintain a sort of “vision” only in one universe in order to not go mad. Yea.

  6. @#9 – thank you! and ha! to @#16 — I can’t believe it took 2 hours for anyone to comment on that — it was the first thing I saw in the image. :-O

  7. I’ve been staring at her sweater all evening.
    I think this is my new iPhone wallpaper

    I like the wig holder too. “Dim Bulb” ?

  8. This cover has many points in common with one of my current obsessions: the gothic humor/gothic horror comic book art of Richard Sala.

  9. A couple of years ago I got my wife the hard drive with every single NY mag on it. It is pure heaven to browse through the covers, the cartoons and the articles.

  10. What’s strange to me is that this isn’t a Charles Addams (of Addams Family fame) cartoon. This would be right up his alley, except he probably would have used real heads rather than masks.

  11. What’s also interesting about this cover is the artist, an emigre from Russia named Constantin Alajalov. He started out as an artist at the Russian court, and ended up in New York. The only artist to do covers for both the New Yorker and the Saturday evening post, he was a prolific artist who did advertising, illustrated books (the Cornelia Otis Skinners’ books in the 40’s), and also did many covers for Fortune. His work is very distinctive and recognizable.

    1. Thanks for the info. I was not familiar with his work. It’s good to know somebody’s keeping track, as I hate it when talented people slip through the cracks of history.

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