Way Back When... 1938
Published 5:13 pm, Thursday, December 29, 2016
This 1938 New Yorker cover features a couple in top hat and tails, and a mink coat, returning home on the train after a late-night party in the city. Even though it was the end of the Depression, people celebrated New Year’s Eve and the well-to-do could take the late train back to Westport if they gave their driver the night off.
The commuter train fascinated Westport artist Perry Barlow (1892-1977). Barlow produced 135 New Yorker magazine covers in addition to thousands of cartoons. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago where he met his future wife, artist Dorothy Hope Smith. They were married in 1922 and shortly after they moved to Westport. Perry Barlow is considered one of The New Yorker’s most prolific artists. Because he was color blind, the watercolors in his paintings were often applied by his wife, who was also the creator of the baby drawing on the Gerber food label.
“The New Yorker in Westport” is a wonderful book which chronicles the history of Westport as seen through the eyes of “The New Yorker” magazine. 767 New Yorker covers were attributed to Westport artists. The book is an exclusive publication of the Westport Historical Society and signed copies are available at the Society’s Remarkable Gift Shop. This is a perfect gift for anyone who grew up in Westport, or lives here now and has everything.
Margaret Mazer for the Westport Historical Society. For information on programs and Membership visit: Westporthistory.org. Mazer can be reached at 203 571-8704
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