Vanity Fair. The Kaleidoscopic Review of Modern Life. (Six bound issues July to December 1932).
POLITICAL & POPULAR CULTURE)
Covarrubias et al. (illus).
New York. Condé Nast Publications. 07- 1932to 12-1932.
Six issues of the famous original monthly magazine of this title, July to December 1932, bound in cloth-covered boards, 12 3/4 x 10 inches, profusely illustrated in color and black and white. The magazines feature color caricature illustrations of the famous, black and white and color photographs, again, of the famous, and a variety of articles of contemporary political and cultural interest. Color cover art by various illustrators. Three covers have a prominent ink stamp stating "File Copy"; the Roosevelt cover has been trimmed at the right edge for binding cutting off a section of the date, but not affecting the masthead nor the image itself; the November (Hitler by Garretto) has a 1/2 x 2 inch section cut out in the white background of the image. Damage to the cloth of a small section of the spine, otherwise the binding is in good condition. Text on the magazine's "Contents" page terms Vanity Fair "The Kaleidoscopic Review of Modern Life." Cover art includes (July issue) an image of the U.S. Constitution despoiled by a large handprint with various social belligerents identified (including "Fanatical Drys"); another issue (September) offers a caricature of Franklin D. Roosevelt; another (October) of Mussolini (ink stamp damage), yet another (November) of Hitler (small rectangular paper loss). Present in each of the monthly magazines is a feature titled "Impossible Interviews" with striking color cartoon images by Covarrubias. Titles include Eugene O’Neill versus Jimmie Durante; Chief Justice Hughes versus Al Capone; Herbert Hoover versus Jim Londos; Clark Gable versus the Price of Wales; Senator Brookhart versus Marlene Dietrich; etc. Full page celebrity black and white photos include studies of Bernard Baruch, Lillian Gish, Amelia Earhart, Garbo, Alla Nazimova, Paul Muni, Miriam Hopkins, Maureen O'Sullivan, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Noel Coward, Ruby Keeler, Sinclair Lewis, Yehudi Menuhin, and many others. Full-page color cartoon images of Speaker of the House John Nance Garner, Al Smith, Amelia Earhart, Eamonde Valera of Ireland, Hoover’s Secretary of State Henry L. Stimson, etc. Also of interest, two full page color illustration by Cecil Beaton, one titled "Broadway Ladies" and another of Hollywood film stars including Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Constance Bennett etc. The six issues are a treasure trove of cultural icons, including numerous politicans, of the early 30s. Item #54549