Syd Hoff (1912-2004) would have been 100 this year. As readers of this blog will know, I corresponded with Syd (here’s one letter & here’s another) while researching my biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss (coming this September)!
In commemoration of Hoff’s centennial, Sarah Lazarovic has created a wonderful cartoon, based on Dina Weinstein’s exhibit at the Miami Public Library (June 14-October 1, 2012). Here’s the first page of her cartoon (click to enlarge).
The entire comic is on-line at Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life. See her website for more of her work.
Syd Hoff posts (on this site):
- Syd Hoff, A. Redfield, and Me (23 Nov. 2010). A letter from Syd to me, with annotations.
- Syd Hoff, A. Redfield, and Me: Part II (30 Oct. 2011). Another letter from Syd to me, with more annotations.
- Syd Hoff’s Teeth: The Leftist Satire of A. Redfield (2 Feb. 2011). Some of the Daily Worker cartoons collected in The Ruling Clawss.
- Artists for FDR (20 July 2011). Features cartoons by Hoff, Crockett Johnson, and Hugo Gellert.
Syd Hoff links (elsewhere):
- Syd Hoff, Cartoonist & Author. Official site maintained by his niece, Carol Edmonston
- Syd Hoff: Finding Home. Curated by Dina Weinstein (scroll down for the description). The exhibit runs from June 14 to October 1, 2012.
- Syd Hoff’s Cartoon Life. By Sarah Lazarovic. The full three-page comic from which the above excerpt comes.
Hat tip to Julia Mickenberg for Lazarovic’s comic.