Mad Men trivia

You might have heard that the model, Gita Hall May, featured in the Richard Avendon photo in the opening credits of Mad Men has sued the producers for violation of her right of publicity.

From Mad Men opening credits sequence with Richard Avedon photo.

From Mad Men opening credits sequence with Richard Avedon photo.

Thumbing through student literary efforts on the Web I came across the following illustration by Augustus Hodges in a DeWitt Clinton High school literary magazine of 1932.

Augustus Hodges etching (?) from The Magpie (June 1932)

Augustus Hodges engraving (?) from The Magpie (June 1932)

This seems remarkably similar to the entire opening sequence concept.

The illustration is to a piece entitled “It Isn’t the Fall” by Robert S. Warshow, (DeWitt Clinton High School ’33), and is found in the June 1032 issue of The Magpie (v. 33, n. 2, p. 61). The piece also seems to capture Don Draper’s persona.

Augustus Hodges illustrated other pieces in The Magpie but I find no references to him after DeWitt Clinton High.

Update (8/8/2013): Thomas Frank describes a prototype for Mad Men  in James Kelly’s 1958 The Insider. Frank writes about this novel in a post on the Harper’s blog  entitled “A Possible Urtext for Mad Men” (July 24, 2013).

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