Great gobs of goose-grease (as my mother would say from time to time, during my boyhood days)!
A little bit of a health issue — foot-related, not pandemic-related — and completing a major writing project — to be announced, and coming your way in 2021, but boy, is this a doozy! — almost allowed August to slip by without my adding another installment of “The Iron Gate” series in this space. Almost, I say, al-most, that is!
The Iron Gate, for those who came in late, is a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of Manhattan’s toney “21 Club.” It’s loaded with artwork and essays contributed by many of its famous patrons, and throughout the spring and summer I’ve been featuring rarely-seen pieces from the book, some created by artists familiar to LOAC readers and some perhaps less familiar, but still talented and interesting. To check out the earlier installments of “The Iron Gate” series, click here to see Parts One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.
All caught up? Cool! Because here comes Part Six, filled with the work of three talented female artists and a trio of male artists who offered up some pulchritude, proving that while “21” wasn’t exactly a boys’ club, it was still a male-dominated haunt for Manhattan’s literati and glitterati of the day …
As you can tell, The Iron Gate is a terrific, fun book, a real look back at the glamour days of New York’s creme de la creme. It’s been such a delight sharing these images, I’ll be back in September for one last “Iron Gate” feature, though one quite different from all previous installments, and one with a surprising admission from one noted newspaper cartoonist.
If that doesn’t bring you back for more, I dunno what will!