Monday, April 17, 2006
The Great American Pastime
No other sport seems to have been represented in story, news and art during the 1950's more than baseball. Boxing was a popular subject, and I've got some great football illustrations by Fred Ludekins. I have one illustration of hockey from an old issue of American magazine. But baseball hit a homerun with the audiences of mainstream magazines during that era. It truly was "the great American pastime".
I love this ad for Goodyear because the artist didn't just show a huge crowd of backs-of-heads. Spend a minute looking at the larger size of this image on my Flickr account. Its really a very amusing piece. I feel like I should know who the unsigned artist was (was it Gilbert Bundy?) and I keep coming back to the fellow on the far right in the - what is it? - a barbershop quartet hat?
Didn't people stop wearing those in, like, the 1920's?