Manhattans Bronxes and Queens
This illustrated book of verse was published in 1931, and is the first book by publisher Wilfred J. Funk (Funk & Wagnalls) as author. Mr. Funk’s hobby was light verse. While his poetry wasn’t that distinguised, Funk was wealthy and could do whatever he wanted, so he hired Russell Patterson to supply illustrations for his book. The conventions of these two men matched up well.
Despite the book’s title and drawings for the title pages, there’s not that much specifically about drink or drinking in Manhattans Bronxes and Queens, but there’s a great deal about male/female relations in an affluent culture now synonymous with cocktail culture. Below are some excerpts:
For another interesting item from our collection featuring Russell Patterson’s artwork, please see The Long and Short of It.Back to Treasures from the Collection