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1922 Barbara Shermund, The New Yorker, Cartoons!

This week’sNew York Times“Overlooked No More” obituary gave a wonderful biographical profile of “Barbara Shermund, Flapper-Era Cartoonist.” Shermund studied at SFAI (then known as the California School of Fine Arts) from 1917 through 1922, a noted student whose work was featured in the School’s College Catalogs during this period. She went on to be hired by theNew Yorkerin its earliest days by Harold Ross and their first art editor, Rea Irvin (who wasalsoan alum of SFAI). For theNew Yorker“she did almost 600 cartoons” with “sassy captions with a fresh, feminist voice.” An exhibition of Shermund’s work in 2018 at the Ohio State University Library curated by Caitlin McGurk was titled,Tell Me a Story Where the Bad Girl Wins.”

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