David Johnson Leisk was born 106 years ago in an apartment at 444 East 58th Street, New York City.Â If you’re in New York today, you might give yourself a walking tour (aided by the subway) of where the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) and Barnaby (1942-1952) grew up.Â Dave Leisk –
What was high school like 90 years ago?Â This Newtown High School HandbookÂ provides some sense of what it was like in Newtown, Queens in 1921, when Crockett Johnson (a.k.a. David Leisk) was a student there.Â No yearbooks from the Newtown class of 1924 (Johnson’s graduating class) survive, but plenty of things do: The Queens Public
Two high-school cartoons by Crockett Johnson. Neither has been seen since the 1920s.