The Soda Jerk

Artist:Ray Johnson
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 10" X 10"
Original Use:Interior story illustration for Argosy Magazine - July, 1946
Price: Sold

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Artist's monogramed signature lower right

A fun and breezy interior magazine illustration for Argosy magazine - July, 1946 by Ray Johnson illustrating a story titled "My Son's Old Man" by Fred Malina. A classic Americana image featuring a soda jerk performing his then coveted job at a snappy modernist Art Deco styled soda fountain much to the delight of two lovely females admirers, one a brunette and the other a blonde. The lad is clearly living the dream, retains a verso label from Popular Publications with print usage clarifying that this spot interior illustration appeared on page 28 in the July 1946 edition of Argosy, a long running title which started as a pulp and later transitioned as a mens action magazine title. The gouache painting is initialed in the lower right corner and has been professionally matted and shrink wrapped.

Verso Popular Publications attached label view

Matted view


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