Charles E. Martin

While I'm still on my New Yorker archive obsession, here are some of my favorites by Charles E. Martin, who began his 50 years of covers for the magazine in 1938.

Charles E. Martin | New Yorker April 19, 1958

Charles E. Martin | New Yorker Feb 28, 1953

Charles E. Martin

Charles E. Martin | The Guggenheim, New Yorker Jan 24, 1970

Charles E. Martin | New Yorker Dec 6, 1941

Charles E. Martin | New Yorker August 4, 1951

Charles E. Martin | New Yorker September 8, 1962

Vintage & collectible clocks

Vintage wood flower clock via 

A great estate sale find, this Smith Metal Arts "Radius One" desk clock, designed by William Sklaroff, is still made, but not in solid brass via

Newgate Bubble Wall clock. via West Elm

Rare Frederick Weinberg Shelf Clock 1950 via

vintage sterling & noble flip clock via flickr

Holiday movies you may have forgotten about

These are some less obvious holiday films that I will be watching between now and New Year's Eve. 

The Apartment (1960) with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. This sardonic, sometimes dark but ultimately heart-warming film takes place over Christmas and New Year's. Wintery Manhattan in wide-screen black & white at the dawn of the 1960's.

Bachelor Mother (1939) also takes place over the Christmas Holidays, beginning in the toy department of a department store on Christmas Eve --- just before Ginger Rogers receives her pink slip and finds herself mistaken for the mother of an abandoned baby. Again, plenty of snowy New York scenes. Funny and full of charm.

If you like starry-eyed nuns who believe they can get cynical rich guys to donate expensive land to charitable causes while speeding around in jeeps and competing in tennis matches (and lots of snowy scenes of Connecticut hillside locales) then Come to the Stable (1949) might be right up your alley.

P. G. Wodehouse firsts

P. G. Wodehouse. Fish Preferred. Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1929. First edition. 

P. G. Wodehouse. Uncle Fred in the Springtime. Doubleday, 1939. First American edition. 

P. G. Wodehouse. French Leave. Simon and Schuster, 1959. First American edition