[Washington, DC?]: 1961. Artist's sketchbook containing six original drawings for cartoons depicting political topics of note in 1961: a split amongst the Teamsters (1), the newly inaugurated D.C. Stadium (2), The Common Market (1), the Berlin Wall (1), and Nuclear Bomb Tests by Russia (1). Three of the drawings, 8 1/2 x 11 in., are laid down on larger sheets, two occupy most of the sheet of drawing paper, 15 3/4 x 19 1/2 in., and one is laid in loose, 11 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. All are detailed, accomplished sketches of their subjects.
The Teamsters illustration shows Teamster Membership figures upholding a cart full of Teamster Officials racing toward an arch labeled "Respectability." Another figure, labeled "Defecting Teamsters" chases a busload of workers from the AFL-CIO toward an arch marked "Security." The two football cartoons show the newly constructed D.C. Stadium, a joint project of the D.C. Armory Board and the U.S. Dept. of Interior, with [Sec. Stewart] Udall and [team owner George Preston] Marshall discussing the terms of the agreement which included integrating the team. Meanwhile a player in a "Redskins" uniform and another man attempt to offer some black paint, the captions reading "Pardon me, Boss how about a paint job on me?" on one, and "Pardon me, Boss. Gus and I got to thinking..." The Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate their roster. The Common Market cartoon depicts the various member countries as women filling their water jugs at a communal well, while the "Outer Seven" countries of Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Great Britain, and Denmark wait for a snail to deliver their water. A manuscript poem of three stanza across the top of the image begins: "Once there was a neighborhood / Where women's necks were strong / They formed two clubs for sisterhood / So nothing could go wrong...." The Berlin Wall cartoon shows life on either side of the wall, the Western nations enjoying recreational activities on one side; people being beaten on the other side, while a figure resembling Khruschev puts an arm around a raggedly dressed boy and remarks, "Now, Sonny, That nice wall will keep those bad boys out!" The final drawing shows a baseball player keeping track of the home runs scored by Maris and Mantle, while the grim reaper tallies Russia's Nuclear Bomb Tests, as Uncle Sam looks on. Item #62011
We have been unable to find any information on the cartoonist who was perhaps based in Washington, DC.