Tuesday, October 10, 2006
From Rags to Riches
When I was a kid in the mid-1970's, I had a paper route of just over 100 homes on 5 blocks in my neighbourhood - a fairly ambitious undertaking for an 11 year old boy.
When Albert Dorne was 13 years old, in 1917 he managed four New York city news stands.
My paper route earned me approximately $30 a week. That was a substantial amount of pocket money for a kid to have in the 1970's. If I had been a grown man 50 years earlier, in 1926, 30 dollars a week would have been a respectable family income.
Albert Dorne was 22 in 1926 and was earning $500 a week as an illustrator.
By the time the poor boy from New York's East Side slums became the man who painted this 1953 piece (above) of New York's high society, he was as much a part of that world as any of the celebrities who frequented the Stork Club.