The thanksgiving turkey’s new yorker cover & cartoon debut

rea-irvin-thanksgiving-cover-1927Two Thanksgivings went by within the New Yorker‘s earliest years before a poultry made the coverage.  The artist for that issue of November 19, 1927: the main one-and-only Rea Irvin.

Here’s Mr. Irvin’s entry on Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

Rea Irvin  (pictured above. Self portrait above from Satisfy the Artist) *Born, Bay Area, 1881 died within the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the coverage artist for that New Yorker’s first issue, Feb 21, 1925.  He was the magazine’s  first art editor, holding the positioning from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin grew to become art director and continued to be for the reason that position until William Shawn been successful Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work with playboy was the magazine’s cover of This summer 12, 1958. The Feb 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover have been reproduced each year around the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover made an appearance. Tilley has since reappeared, along with other artists substituting from time-to-time.

And how about the very first Thanksgiving-themed cartoon within the magazine?  That recognition appears to fit in with I. Klein, whose drawing made an appearance within the issue of November 21, 1925 (a cartoon within the issue a few days before by Jesse McKee does incorporate a poultry, but it’s unclear if it’s a Thanksgiving poultry).

This is of Mr. Klein’s drawing: from the quick lesson in history today, I found that President Coolidge upon taking office in 1923 made the decision to forgo the custom of receiving Thanksgiving turkeys from round the country, preferring to possess only local turkeys.  By Thanksgiving of 1925 he altered his mind. Enter reflects the reversal we have seen lines of gift-givers from round the country getting obama a poultry to taste.


Mr. Klein’s A-Z Ink Spill entry:

I. (“Izzy”) Klein (pictured above)  Born Isidore Klein, Newark, Nj, October 12,1897.  Died, 1986.  His papers are available at Syracuse College. NYer work, over 200 sketches from 1925 through 1937.