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Peter Arno

Peter Arno, a pivotal figure in American cartooning, left an indelible mark on the world of visual satire through his contributions to The New Yorker magazine from its inception in 1925 until his death in 1968. Arno’s cartoons were celebrated for their sharp wit, elegant lines, and adept skewering of high society’s foibles, encapsulating the zeitgeist of the early to mid-20th century with a blend of sophistication and irreverence. His work, often featuring larger-than-life characters in absurd, yet relatable, scenarios, served not only as entertainment but as a candid commentary on the social and cultural dynamics of his time. Through his distinctive artistry and keen observational humour, Peter Arno carved out a legacy as one of the foremost cartoonists of his era and he was rather fond of boobs.

Finding copies of his work to celebrate here has proved difficult but I have managed to put together a collection of 7 volumes from publicly available sources and scans of copies that I have. There is also a selection of individual cartoons. I hope you enjoy.

The Books

Pocketbook Cartoons


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