Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).
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During the time we worked together at the NYPL, I used to occasionally play a lunch-time game of chess with that elder statesman of Stack 4, Joe Novotny. While Joe did not have a lot of higher-level education, he would invariably clean my clock within eight or ten moves.
Thus, your cartoon would never apply to me.
Of course I remember Joe, the formidable “King” of Stack 4. His looks and attitude were very gruff and imposing, but deep down he was a softie — a very friendly and helpful guy.
I don’t think I ever dared to play chess with him — you were very brave!