"Ole Olsen & Chick Johnson in " Hellz-a-Splashin Aqua Festival""   Lot no. 2375

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

June 24, 1959 (Estimated)
11.25" x 13.75"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for June 24, 1959 premiere of Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson in `Hellz-a-Splashin Aqua Festival` at Flushing Meadows Ampitheatre. A water-themed variation of their outrageously zany and dynamic Broadway musical comedy revues such as `Hellzapoppin` (1938-41), show was produced by veteran circus promoter George A. Hamid. Also featured in show were several singers, high-diving stars, bathing beauties and leggy dancers. This was the team`s last major show together before Chic Johnson died in 1962. On 15" x 20" illustration board, includes original clipping. 11 1/4" x 13 3/4" image. Edge soiling.

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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.