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Illustration Art, Vernon Greene, New Year’s 1938, Vintage Drawing (Sold)

Vernon Greene (1908-1965)
New Year’s 1938
Pen and ink on paper
18.5 x 14 inches

A traditional personification of the New Year, a baby in a diaper, in an optimistic drawing. The baby stands on a dictionary and gestures toward a crystal ball that doubles as a world globe labeled “1938.” Next to the ball are a telescope and a horseshoe — suggesting that looking into the future good fortune lies ahead.

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Vernon Greene was a successful cartoonist. Born in Washington State, by 1927 he was drawing newspaper cartoons for the Portland (Oregon) Telegram. From 1934 to 1937 he worked for the New York Mirror. Meanwhile he was freelancing for magazines and books. He started drawing syndicated comic strips and comic books in 1940, starting with The Shadow, and later drew Polly and Her Pals, and Bringing Up Father. An active member of the National Cartoonists Society, he served as vice president for two years. In 1964, he was awarded their Silver T-Square Award. His papers are at Syracuse University.


“Vernon Greene.” Wikipedia. 6 October 2010. (5 August 2011).

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20th Century