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New Yorker Parody

~ Frances Williams Binkley

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his parody of a New Yorker issue was made at Christmas, 1930, by Dad's mother Frances. She and Bob had left New York after two years' residence while Bob was teaching at Washington Square College, NYU. They had moved to Northampton, MA, where Bob had a one-year appointment at Smith College in 1929-30, and then on to Cleveland on his appointment at Western Reserve University. They evidently missed the cosmopolitan life and the circle of friends they had assembled in the building at 49 Morton St. in Manhattan. As Bob wrote to the landlord in protest at a change in the lease in May 1929, "After all, I have been here for two years as your tenant, and in the course of that time have attracted to this house four tenants, and it was our intention to bring still other friends into the house during the coming year." This New Yorker was evidently made for a Christmas visit to the old place, and probably includes contributions by some of their friends.

Dad was a toddler at the time, and Tom wasn't yet born. One of the other couples had a girl about the same age as Dad. Reference is made to Bob and Frances' book What is Right with Marriage (1929) and to Bob's new book Responsible Drinking (1930). There are lots of inside jokes whose interpretation may now, alas, be lost to history.

Several of the members of this circle are represented in Bob and Frances' correspondence in the parents' attic. Some notes on the members of the circle, with the associated captions from the pictures on p.5:

Cover
Cover
Cover
p.1
Goings On About Town
p.2 (blank)
p.3
p.3
The Talk of the Town
p.4
p.4
p.5
p.5
p.6
p.6
p.7
p.7
Profiles: Roundabout Binkley
p.8
p.8
The Theatre
p.9
p.9
p.10
p.10
Rome Letter - Binks Binkley
p.11
p.11
On and Off the Avenue
p.12
p.12
p.13
p.13
The Art Galleries
p.14
p.14
Book Review: Responsible Drinking
p.15
p.15
Among the New Books
p.16
p.16
The Current Enema
p.17
p.17
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