Wit and Woodcuts

bedIn keeping
with our habit,
here at the
Müscleheaded Blog,

(no,
not THAT habit…)

to bring you,
our discriminating readers,baby
refined, sophisticated
but relatively obscure
cultural tidbits from the past —

Today’s post is
all about a series
of mock Victorian
woodcuts —
hair
(actually,
they’re lino-cuts)

done in the 1920’s
and 1930’s by famed
“New Yorker” Magazine
artist John Held Jr.

Held Jr. did somegoogoo
spectacular artwork,
some of which
has already been
featured here on the
Muscleheaded Blog,
and he is particularly
well known for his
Jazz Age and Flapper
cartoons…..

— but his lino-cuts
are very seldom seen he
and are certainly
noteworthy.

Not to mention
blog-worthy.

In general,
all of his art has a
sardonic edge to it,sock

— and in these pieces,
this characteristic
is particularly evident.

He had dabbled
in doing woodcuts
while growing up
in the wilds of Utah,wine
and the 19th Century
style was definitely
familiar to him.

The sexual overtone
in the captioning
of the cuts are also
quite typical of strolling
Held Jr’s cartoons …

The scene may appear
quite innocent,
until the potential
meaning of the
caption kicks in.

For some reason, pocket
this is made funnier
by Held Jr’s background  –

His father,
an artist himself,
illustrated one
of the first editions
of the Book of Mormon.

Ah well..
just call me cynical. masher

But I do think
you can sense
the artist’s own skepticism
about the whole
high moral-tone thing
in these lino-cuts,
for sure.

Acerbic?
Ironic ? heldjr2
Satiric?

Yep–
all of that,
and more.

Hey,
there’s nothing I love
more than a fellow smart-ass.

!!!!!! Cheers  !!!!!!!!!

perdition

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.

PS:
R.I.P – John Glenn, American Hero.

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7 thoughts on “Wit and Woodcuts

  1. John Glenn…a true hero and a wonderful man!

    Love the lino-cuts! I’m always fascinated by the subject matter.

    The women look bosom-y and the man in the first one looks hip-py! 😛
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  2. Mrs Fever says:

    Good Lord, the bosoms on those womenfolk! How could the possibly stand up straight carrying that kind of frontal load?!

    *wobble*

    Respects to Mr Glenn. An exploratory life, fully lived, is something we should all aspire to.

  3. julespaige says:

    One of my children has a T-shirt that reads:
    “Sarcasm – Just one of the many services I offer”

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