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John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

August 1st, 2001

John Held, Jr. (1889-1958) was one of America's most famous illustrators. His stylized cartoon figures, particularly his scrawny "flapper" women, are considered by many people to exemplify the spirit of the so-called "Roaring 20s". Although Held is best known for the covers he did for the New Yorker magazine during the 1920s and 1930s, he also did a lot of advertising work for the New Haven Railroad during the same period. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Summer Resorts 1930John Held Jr.'s famous cartoon characters  dress up this Summer Resorts guide that was distributed by the New Haven Railroad during 1930. Held's artwork wraps around the front and back covers of this booklet. The cover artwork suggests a view of the Grand Central Terminal concourse from one of the famous station's balconies.

Although he is best known for his highly stylized cartoon characters, John Held Jr. also used a colonial wood block drawing style on occasion. The cover of this Cape Cod resort guide, which was published by the New Haven Railroad in 1931, features this lesser known style of John Held artwork.Cape Cod Resorts

Summer Resorts 1932This Summer Resorts guide was distributed by the New Haven Railroad during 1932. It's cover design features many small inset cartoons drawn by John Held Jr. These same cartoon scenes were reused in several other advertising pieces that produced by the New Haven Railroad during 1932.

A family of John Held's famous cartoon figures grace the cover of this New Haven Railroad excursion train folder from the summer of 1932. The New Haven operated several special excursion trains to Provincetown MA and Fabyan NH (via the Boston & Maine) on August 31st 1932 to view the total eclipse of the sun that took place on that day. Total Eclipse of the Sun

The Berkshire - Litchfield HillsJohn Held Jr. produced the artwork that was used on the covers of a large series of travel brochures published by the New Haven during the 1920s and 1930s. Each brochure had a corresponding 27" x 42" poster which had the exact same artwork. Brochures and posters produced before 1930 featured the words "The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company" at the bottom instead of "The New Haven Railroad" as seen on this example dating from 1932.

John Held Jr. provided all the illustrations for "Speaking of Food", a colorful large format folder that was distributed during 1932 to promote the New Haven's dining car service.Dining Service Folder


July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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