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Denys Wortman (1887–1954) was born in Saugerties, New York. He studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, where his classmates included George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and Edward Hopper. In 1924, he took over the comic feature Metropolitan Movies in the pages of the New York World and found his true passion as a cartoonist.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460133
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Going through the drawings in this book is like time traveling back into the 30s and 40s New York. You get that sense of nostalgia if you've been to New York, or that element of surprise if you have not - just like a tourist.

There are over 200 pencil drawings selected from the 5000 drawn by Denys Wortman, a cartoonist, born in 1887.

Each drawing is a beautiful snapshot of the life back them, captured in time. You can really feel how the New York city was like. You can see the roads jammed with classic Henry Ford cars, beach goers at Coney Island, roses were 2 cents then, workers at their old offices filled with papers and forms, Grand Central Station and how it has not changed, rainy day with running pedestrians on the streets, the ceiling fan on the subway train, Radio City wasn't finished yet, and so many more. There are so many interesting people to see.

The drawings filled with details waiting to be discovered. There are also captions with each but they are hand written and difficult to read (at least to me). The pictures speak for themselves anyway.

This book is a gem, highly recommended, especially to sketchbook lovers.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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Denys Wortman's single panel newspaper feature depicted 1930s and 40s New York street and domestic life with great humor and affection. His drawings all have the ring of truth about them, rich with wonderful graphic detail. The full page drawings in this excellent collection are reproduced from original art, so things lost in newspaper printing are all restored here. Another great "lost" cartoonist brought back from the brink!
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You often wonder how great books about insignificant people hit the market. At the recent opening of the presentation of this book (Denys Wortmans' New York) at the Museum of the city of New York,Denys Worthman (the son) said that for years no one was interested in the 5000 or so original cartoons he had in storage,until the editor of the book heard of them and realised the treasure to be uncovered. If you would like to see what NYC looked like and sounded like 60 - 70 years ago, buy the book or go to the Museum and see a fraction of the originals that are displayed in the book.
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The editors & family of Denys Wortman deserve ultimate praise for sharing this artist in a delightful, overwhelmingly full of art, book.
It is amazingly current in thought and circumstance...perfect timing for its release.
The cartoonist's ability to exhibit character & perspective was brilliant. NYC office life with surprisingly contemporary situations.
Though over half a century has passed, not at all too late to become a tremendous fan of this author.
His illustrations are unbelievably detailed. Unreal how prolific Wortman was. These works had been hidden in storage- a treasure trove uncovered.
It is a superb gift selection & suggestion which is ageless in enabling identification with author's humor or opinion.
An opportunity to share with a new generation or awaken past lives in those who have lived it.
Not necessarily the humor as much as an on target perspective of New Yorkers through Wortman's eyes. Resilience of the city-now & forever!
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amusing cartoons, not great. was looking for more photographic material. kind of like New Yorker cartoons. very accomplished artists though.
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