Morning name: Gluyas Williams

Slowly working my way through the backlog of morning names listed here. Now the cartoonist Gluyas Williams. From Wikipedia:

Gluyas Williams (July 23, 1888 – February 13, 1982) was an American cartoonist, notable for his contributions to The New Yorker and other major magazines. … His cartoons employed a clean black-and-white style and often dealt with prevailing themes of the day such as Prohibition.

Williams’s work is not much seen today, perhaps because he was primarily an illustrator — of the writings of humorist Robert Benchley and as a social critic, observing the masses and the rising middle classes.

He did, however, draw some gag cartoons, for instance these two:


The agents are all trying to sell policies to one another.


Ok, I guess that the gag cartoons were social criticism too.

Now illustrations of social life: Coney Island, breakfast at a diner, the upwardy mobile in Miami Beach:




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