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Print, Cover of The New Yorker, The New York World's Fair, September 2, 1939

This is a Print. It was designed by Ilonka Karasz. It is dated 1939 and we acquired it in 1960. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Ilonka Karasz designed 186 covers for the New Yorker, many of which are distinguished by elevated, angled views of New York street scenes. This playful illustration depicts the Avenue of Patriots at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and highlights the fair’s special transportation system and bustling crowds. Karasz’s designs for the magazine showed New York subjects in a modern European style, creating a visual art that was distinctly American.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled All The World's A Fair.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

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Its dimensions are

30.2 x 22.2 cm (11 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

It is signed

Printed in white, vertically, lower left: KARASZ

It is inscribed

Printed in blue, upper left: Sept. 2, 1939; in blue, upper right: Price 15 cents; in blue, center: THE / NEW YORKER

Cite this object as

Print, Cover of The New Yorker, The New York World's Fair, September 2, 1939; Designed by Ilonka Karasz ((American, born Hungary, 1896–1981)); USA; offset lithograph on paper; 30.2 x 22.2 cm (11 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1960-207-18

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ilonka Karasz, Works from the Collection.

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