"Hugh Downs on "Concentration""   Lot no. 2438

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 27, 1961 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Lower Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Hugh Downs surrounded by a cornucopia of prizes as emcee of the long-running NBC daytime game show `Concentration` (8/25/58-3/23/73), which was the #1 daytime game show during its first four years. Downs left the show in 1969, and was replaced by the show`s announcer, Bob Clayton, until NBC cancelled the rebus stumper 4 years later. The show then returned in Fall 1973 as a daily syndicated show with Jackie Narz as host, and lasted until 1978. For the cover of the Aug 27, 1961 New York Journal-American Pictorial Magazine and TView Section, includes copies. On 15" x 22" illustration board. 14" x 9 1/2" image. Edge soiled.

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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.