""Star Time""   Lot no. 2311

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 5, 1950 (Estimated)
11.50" x 11.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter 1911-2004) for the DuMont Network`s `Star Time`, broadcast from their NYC flagship station WABD (now WNYC). The hour series ran on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. from September 5, 1950 to February 27, 1951. Depicted from left to right: Benny Goodman (whose Benny Goodman Sextet performed on the show`s regular segment, "Club Goodman"); co-star singer Frances Langford, who also recreated her famous radio role of Blanche in weekly abbreviated television versions of the popular radio sitcom, The Bickersons; forlorn looking gent with ball and chain is comedian Lew Parker, who played beleaguered husband John Bickerson opposite Miss Langford in The Bickersons sketches performed on the show (Parker assumed the TV role of John that was made famous on radio by Don Ameche for these installments on Star Time); on piano is Goodman`s pre-eminent 88-man, Teddy Wilson. On 22" x 15" illustration board, with blue indicating halftone, for the New York Times. Includes original clipping from Sunday Nov 5, 1950. 11 1/2" x 11" image. Minor soiling, editors notations.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.