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George Wachsteter
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Drew Friedman directed me to a site offering an amazing amount of caricatures from the estate of George Wachsteter. You should check out Drew's blog on the auction for lots of background information. That man does his homework.
 
 from Drew's research: George WachSteter (1911–2004) was at one time considered one of the most prominent and in-demand caricaturists working in the country. From the 1930's to the 1960's he drew theatrical, radio, television and film related images extensively for most of the major New York newspapers, including the Times, the Herald Tribune, the Journal- American, the World-Telegram, as well as for the 3 major radio and television networks. A gradual loss of his vision ended his drawing career prematurely in the late 1960's and he lived in relative obscurity with his wife (who died in the early '80s) in Elmhurst Queens till his death in 2004.
 
 This is a selection of work I downloaded from the auction site. There's plenty more there if you're interested.
http://www.artfact.com/auction-catalog/one-day-auction-the-lost-drawings-of-g.-wachsteter-l9uonikmkg
Humphrey Bogart

George Bernard Shaw

Judy Garland for the Sept 13, 1963 premiere of CBS-TV's 'The Judy Garland Show'

Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Ray Bolger, for the premiere telivision of The Wizard of Oz broadcast on CBS-TV; Sat, Nov 3, 1956.

Bob Keeshan in the title role of 'The Captain Kangaroo Show' on NBC-TV, with Hugh Brannum as Mister Green Jeans, keeper of the Captain's Treasure House, surrounded by a menagerie of animals. Series debut was October 3rd, 1955.

'The Munsters' CBS-TV premiere of Sept 24, 1964, with Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne de Carlo, Al Lewis & Pat Priest, as Eddie, Herman, Lily, Grandpa and Marilyn.

1967 Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC-TV, depicting Genevieve Bujold (in her American TV debut), Theodore Bikel, Raymond Massey, Roddy McDowall, Leo Genn & David Birney.


Milton Berle

'The Jackie Gleason Show: The American Scene Magazine', debut on CBS Sept 29, 1962. Features depictions of Reggie van Gleason, The Poor Soul, Ralph Kramden from 'The Honeymooners' with Sue Ane Langdon as Alice, and The June Taylor Dancers.

Jackie Gleason as one of his most popular characters, over-privileged and sociable louse Reginald Van Gleason III.

1956 skit 'The Honeymooners', with Joyce Randolph, Audrey Meadows, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.

'My Three Sons' with Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas, Stanley Livingston as Chip, Don Grady as Robbie, Barry Livinston as Ernie (on lap) and William Demarest as Uncle Charley.

'Car 54, Where Are You?' with Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon and Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody

'McHale's Navy' w Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway & Joe Flynn.

Steve Allen

Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs

Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Andy Griffith, Lucille Ball & Garry Moore, captioned 'A Laughing Matter' for the WCBS-TV 'Opening Night' a preview show for the 1962-63 season.

Tom Ewell as Tom Potter and Marilyn Erskine as his wife Fran Potter to promote the sitcom, 'The Tom Ewell Show'. The series debuted September 23, 1960.

Richard Chamberlain in the title role of the famed NBC medical drama, 'Dr. Kildare', framed by a core pledge of the Hippocratic Oath and by Raymond Massey as Kildare's sagacious mentor, and Senior Physician at Blair General Hospital, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.

'Titans of Industry', depicting Jack Benny, Andy Griffith, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas and Garry Moore, all at desks with factories behind, linked by ticker tape.

Bing Crosby

'My Favorite Martian', starring Ray Walston as Uncle Martin & Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara.

'Mister Ed' with Alan Young & Connie Hines.

'The Naked City' with Paul Burke, Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon & Nancy Malone, playing Det. Flint, Sgt Arcaro, Lt. Parker & Libby.

'Petticoat Junction', with Bea Benaderet, Linda Kaye, Pat Woodell & Jeannine Riley, for the debut, as Kate, Billie Jo, Bobbi Jo, & Betty Jo, the series ran from Sept 1963 to Apr 1970.

Desilu Show with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Betty Grable & Harry James.

Jack Benny and Milton Berle captioned 'Comedy with Music' to promote 'The Milton Berle Spectacular', on Friday, March 9th, 1962.

'Holiday on Wheels' w Sid Caesar, Tony Randall, Audrey Meadows & Giselle MacKenzie.

'All-Star Revue', NBC-TV's Saturday night variety showcase, depicting the four rotating hosts of the show: Jimmy Durante, Tallulah Bankhead, George Jessel and Martha Raye. Fall 1952 to Spring 1953.

Four Broadway Composers, ca 1949, including: Richard Rogers (South Pacific), Irving Berlin (Miss Liberty), Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate), Frank Loesser (Where's Charley)

Fanny Brice

Will Rogers

Pianist/Composer, Actor, Raconteur & Bon Vivant, Oscar Levant,

Poster Design

Alfred Drake as Petruchio and Patricia Morison as Katherine, both re-creating their original Broadway roles in Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me Kate' on 'Hallmark Hall of Fame', which aired Nov 20, 1958.

Lucille Ball portraying Lucy Carmichael as an aspiring painter with Vivian Vance as her model as well as Lucy's best pal and roommate Vivian Bagley, to promote the hit TV show 'The Lucy Show'.

Henry Fonda as USN Lt Douglas Roberts in Joshua Logan's magnificent Broadway production of 'Mister Roberts' at the Alvin Theater, Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 6, 1951.

Ethel Waters

Kate Smith

Noel Coward in all his roles for the NBC-TV adaptation of his 1944 film version of 'This Happy Breed', which was broadcast live over 'Ford Star Jubilee' on Sat, May 5, 1956.

Jerry Lewis

1963 CBS Fall Season depicting the Tiffany Network's top comedy stars Griffith, Benny, Ball, Silvers, Thomas & Moore.


'The Dick Van Dyke Show' for cover of Sun, Aug 5, 1962 New York Journal-American TView Section. Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, head writer for "The Alan Brady Show," marvels at the orb in his hand while Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell jots down a comical tidbit - all while a photo of Mary Tyler Moore as Rob's wife, Laura, wafts next to her hubby while Rose Marie as Rob and Buddy's co-writer Sally Rogers hides in the wastebasket.

Alfred Hitchcock

'The Heiress' starring Basil Rathbone, Wendy Hiller & Peter Cookson

Walter Mathau and Art Carney in the original Broadway production of 'The Odd Couple' by Neil Simon.

'Bridge on the River Kwai', with David Niven, William Holden & Jack Hawkins.

4th of July Celebrants Boris Karloff of NBC-TV 'Thriller' & Jay North of 'Dennis the Menace' for 1962.

'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour' with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance & William Frawley, plus Guest Star Tallulah Bankhead

'4 for Texas', with (l to r) Ursula Andress, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Anita Ekberg.

'Umbrellas of Cherbourg', w Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo & Anne Vernon.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. 1963. The madcap treasure hunters are (counterclockwise) Buster Keaton, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Joe E. Brown, Milton Berle, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar & Spencer Tracy as Capt. Culpepper, with Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan in the lower left corner.


Joe E. Brown

"On Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will sell the lifelong collection of celebrity drawings by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), one of America’s most prominent caricaturists of the mid-20th Century. The collection includes many drawings of well known personalities from the world of film, theater, television, and politics, such as Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Walt Disney, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Cronkite, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Johnny Carson.
All lots can be viewed at www.thomastonauction.com. Live, absentee, telephone, and internet (via www.artfact.com and www.auctionzip.com) bids are accepted. Call 1-207-354-8141 for more info or to reserve a seat. Previews: Wed. 3/20 thru Fri., 3/22 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day), and 9:00- 11:00 am on Sat. & Sun., 3/23 & 3/24. We are located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston, ME."


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