The Gentle Humor of Alajalov

Constantin Alajalov was a cartoonist who amused readers for decades with his humorous magazine covers that depicted everyday slice-of-life situations. He was born in Rostov, Russia and immigrated to the U.S. in 1923. He began doing odd jobs including painting a mural for a restaurant in New York city. His big break came when a new publication, The New Yorker magazine, purchased a cover illustration in 1926. He eventually did 70 covers for them as well as work for publications like the Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, and Esquire.

Here's a gallery of some of his most memorable cartoons.

Constantin Alajalov illustrated the Saturday Evening Post depicting a man cooking dinner while women watch one.

Saturday Evening Post, 1946

The New Yorker, 1937

The New Yorker, 1937

The Saturday Evening Post, 1953

Saturday Evening Post, 1949

Esquire, 1933

The Saturday Evening Post, 1949

The Saturday Evening Post, 1960

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