Cartoon -- "Which is it, Pittsburgh or Mt. Vesuvius?"
Dart, Harry Grant, (1869 – 1938)
Periodicals -- Illustrations.
Caricatures and cartoons.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Life magazine covers were on a variety of topics. Each issue had a theme that was introduced by the cover and reflected throughout the issue. This issue was on the city of Pittsburgh.
Harry Grant Dart was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1869. His worked for a time creating crayon portraits for the National Crayon Company brochures. He drew for the Boston Herald and the New York World. The World sent Dart to Cuba as a sketch artist for important events. Eventually, he became the art editor of the World. Around the same time, he started his cartoon strip, the Explorigator. The strip only ran for 14 weeks in 1908. Dart went on to become a very prolific cartoonist for Life and Judge during the 1920s. He is best known for his futuristic and aviation-oriented cartoons and comic strips. His detailed cartoons featured complicated perspectives and futuristic speculations. He died in New Hampshire in 1938.
Quarter page cartoon. Between 1850 and 1980, Pittsburgh was considered one of the most industrialized cities in the world and it paid the price in the form of heavy pollution. It is interesting to note that even in the early part of the 20th century, there was awareness of its pollution problems.
Volume 59, number 1542, page 1020.
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