Cartoonist Alan Dunn (1900 – 1974) may still hold the record as the New Yorker’s most prolific illustrator, responsible for 1906 cartoons and 9 covers during his tenure from 1926 – 1973. Capitalizing on his background in design, Dunn also contributed many cartoons to Architectural Record, beginning in 1936.
A collection of those cartoons, ‘The Last Lath’ was first published in 1947 and was nicely written about in a blog where we found a lot of his work. In addition to lampooning the modern design trends and technologies of the 1930s and ’40s, much of the humor centers around the terminology used by contractors and architects of the day, as well as realities like WWII-era material shortages and the post-war housing boom. A gallery of Dunn’s cartoons can be found after the break.