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Life on the PressThe Popular Art and Illustrations of George Benjamin Luks$
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Robert L. Gambone

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732221

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732221.001.0001

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Life on the Press

Life on the Press

Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and New York World

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(p.86) Chapter Three Life on the Press
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Life on the Press
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Robert L. Gambone

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732221.003.0003

This chapter examines the time in George Luks’s life when he began to seek out an alternative to magazine work. In January of 1894, Luks secured a position on the Philadelphia Press, rooming with Everett Shinn, a debonair man who intervened to rescue Luks from O’Malley’s bar. The chapter talks about the process through which, in the 1890s, most American newspapers contained drawings that were at first merely line pictures traced over paragraphs. When Luks joined the Press, however, photo tracing had been abandoned in favor of artists sketching assignments on the spot. These drawings, however, remained mainly anonymous, making it impossible to identify Luks’s work among them. The chapter moves on to recount the events that occurred when Luks eventually secured a job on the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and the New York World.

Keywords:   George Luks, Philadelphia Press, Everett Shinn, American newspapers, photo tracing, sketching assignments, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, New York World

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