William Steig

I recently subscribed to The New Yorker online so that I could become dangerously addicted to their massive archive of past issues. Here are a few of my favorite covers by Steig, who created   thousands of covers and cartoons for the magazine beginning in 1930. Plus... a book I found on Etsy! There's a wonderful postscript to his life here.

This is my favorite: June 18, 1960 New Yorker | William Steig

May 9, 1953 New Yorker | William Steig

William Steig

William Steig

The Lonely ones by William Steig 1942 via Etsy $25.00

New Yorker covers by Abe Birnbaum

These covers are so amazing. I love his strong black line work and the simplicity of his images. And his depiction of weather! Breathtaking. Yeah. 

March 17 1962, Abe Birnbaum

March 17 1962, Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker cover | cop stopping traffic 10/10 1953 Abe Birnbaum via thejumpingfrog.com

New Yorker 1962 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker 1966 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker March 14, 1959 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker Feb 4, 1956 Abe Birnbaum

Dec 12, 1952 Abe Birnbaum

Dec 12, 1952 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker April 29, 1972 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker April 29, 1972 Abe Birnbaum

Nov. 15, 1952 New Yorker by Abe Birnbaum

Nov. 15, 1952 New Yorker by Abe Birnbaum

September 10, 1966

New Yorker May 10, 1952 Abe Birnbaum

New Yorker May 10, 1952 Abe Birnbaum

The beautiful world of Ilonka Karasz

It's 9:30 a.m. and I should be showered, dressed, and walking my dogs. But, no. I must see just one more New Yorker cover illustrated by Ilonka Karasz. I'm searching. Obsessively. Loving each image better than the previous. Ilonka Karasz was something of a wonder, really. Born in Budapest, she came here after studying at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest,  and began illustrating New Yorker covers in the 1920s, while still in her twenties herself, and would eventually illustrate 186 covers between then and the seventies. She also designed many books and book jackets, pottery, tiles, wallpaper, toys, lamps, fabrics, rugs, silverware, china and furniture. She passed away in 1981, but left so much for us to enjoy. Look closely, there's much happening in these worlds.

Burmese Days by George Orwell 1932 (1962 reprint) via flickr

My copy of The Château by William Maxwell 1962, jacket by Ilonka Karasz

The New Yorker July 19, 1949 | Ilonka Karasz via THE NEW YORKER

The New Yorker June 1953 | Ilonka Karasz via THE JUMPING FROG

The New Yorker December 1953 | Ilonka Karasz via THE JUMPING FROG

April 22, 1950 New Yorker by Ilonka Karasz via THE JUMPING FROG

The New Yorker Feb 5, 1949 | Ilonka Karasz via art.com

The New Yorker May 22, 1971 | Ilonka Karasz via THE JUMPING FROG

The New Yorker September 1960 | Ilonka Karasz via THE JUMPING FROG

Poison Ivy | The New Yorker June 1955 | Ilonka Karasz

The Twelve Days of Christmas via We too were children, Mr. Barrie

Young Ilonka

Winter New Yorker covers

New Yorker cover Ilonka Karasz Main Street Christmas lights 12/9 1950

 

New Yorker cover Ilonka Karasz logging in winter 1/6 1945

 

New Yorker cover Karasz snowdraped branches 1/29 1966

New Yorker cover Charles Addams snow family trackside 1/14 1980

 

New Yorker cover Charles Addams snowman inside looks out at a storm 1/21 1985