Great Al HIRSCHFELD  drawing. How many can you identify? I got about 27 on a first look.

Albert HIRSCHFELD (1903-2003) was an American caricaturist who was called  “the  Fred Astaire of pen and ink” and “The Line King”. He illustrated Broadway shows in the New York Times for decades.

When his daughter Nina was born in 1945,  he started to insert the name ‘Nina’ in his drawings and it became a national pastime for the Times readers on a Sunday to spot the Nina.

Hirschfeld was married for over 50 years to the German actress, Dolly Haas.


Who’s this?



Spot the Nina!







Hirschfeld stamps


And TV Guide covers.






8 responses »

  1. I love these, Vienna! SO great. You have totally inspired me to try to purchase some Hirschfeld posters!!!

  2. Vienna, the top montage is quite a challenge. I recognize about 70 of the faces. There are 5 that I’m not sure about. I think they are probably foreign actors. I can list them in some sort of order, if you want me to.

    The others shown below aren’t that hard to recognize: Myrna Loy, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart from THE AFRICAN QUEEN(1951), Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Baby from BRINGING UP BABY(1938), Humphrey Bogart and the Maltese Falcon from THE MALTESE FALCON(1941), Marlene Dietrich, and Alfred Hitchcock. The others are already named.

    I could make out “Nina” on Judy Garland’s shoulder and on Katharine Hepburn’s dress from THE AFRICAN QUEEN.

    This is a coincidence. Earlier today I watched Alfred Hitchcock’s I CONFESS(1953), which Dolly Hass acted in. As you wrote above, Dolly and Al Hirschfeld were married for over 50 years.

  3. That’s amazing, Walter, that you could identify 70 of the faces.
    I didn’t spot Nina’ on Hepburn’s dress.

  4. Dolly is in an enjoyable Britis.h espionage drama A Spy Of Napoleon (1936) opposite the fading Richard Barthelmess. Unfortunately the only print available seems to be cut.

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