The first New Yorker cover designed and drawn by Rae Irvin.
...which began publication on today's date in 1925. It remains, for me, the telltale arbiter of New York City literate life. This is not a magazine for 'the old lady in Dubuque,' as founder Harold Ross said, once upon a time.
But this old lady in New Jersey is very fond of Mr. Ross's creation.
Every year the magazine runs a contest where the public is invited to design their own anniversary cover featuring the top-hatted Eustace Tilley, a Regency dandy. who was drawn on the first cover by art director, Rae Irvin.
To see this year's winners, please use this link.