What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Repost: Retro Snark


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9/21/14: Judge was a weekly satirical magazine published in the U.S. from 1881 to the mid forties. Its covers have long been avidly sought by collectors for their gorgeous, lush illustrations and witty content. Started by a group of disgruntled former Puck Magazine writers and artists, it served as the launching pad for quite a few notable careers, including Harold Ross, who used his experience on Judge to start The New Yorker in 1925. The New Yorker eventually became its main competitor, and Judge finally lost the circulation wars in 1947.

You can read entire digitized Judge Magazines here, courtesy of The New York City Public Library. WARNING: they are from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and so are basically filled from cover to cover with sexist, racist humor. In case you’d rather skip directly to the art, here are a few of the magazine’s more beautiful (and less offensive) covers. In case you can’t read the captions, I’ve included them below each cover.


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“The Magnet”

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“Thou Swell”

My beautiful picture

“Turkey, with very little dressing”

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“A Dried-Beef Sandwich”

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Haven’t you a size smaller?”

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“The greatest puzzle of them all”

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “Repost: Retro Snark

  1. I agree!. Sad to say that just like music, today’s art and music are not as good as 175 years ago. Welcome to the computer age. I guess Madonna is the Elvis of this age. Hal

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    • I think every generation believes their music to be better that that which comes behind. I always suspect that’s because of how the music of our youth affects us. It makes logical sense, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is superior. I have found deeply wonderful music from all eras.

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  2. “Haven’t You A Size Smaller?” BWHAHAHA. I love the work and can appreciate the appeal!

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