Original Artwork For Carl Rose's Summer Stock Map for 1947
Interesting pictorial map of "The 1947 Straw Hat Circult . . ." drawn by American illustrator Carl Rose.
The map illustrates summer stock theaters from Maine to Virginia, with the largest concentration in New York and eastern Massachusetts.
Carl Rose was a well regarded cartoonist in the middle of the 20th Century, receiving the National Cartoonists Society's Advertising and Illustration Award for 1958. Several of Carl Rose's printed maps survive, including his 1940 New York World's Fair map and 1949 The U.S. A Political Map . . .
The Straw Hat Circuit was a popular name for Summer Stock Theater in New England and the northeastern United States. Many of the theaters of the heyday of Summer Stock, the 1920s through the 1960s, were in New England. Part of the "straw hat circuit," theaters also were in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, among other states.
We have been unable to find a printed version of the map.
Carl Rose (1903 – 1971) was an American cartoonist whose work appeared in The New Yorker, Popular Science, The Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere. He received the National Cartoonists Society's Advertising and Illustration Award for 1958.
Rose created one of the most famous New Yorker cartoons, published December 8, 1928, with a caption by E. B. White. In the cartoon, a mother at dinner says to her young daughter, "It's broccoli, dear." Her daughter answers, "I say it's spinach, and I say the hell with it." (The phrase "I say it's spinach" entered the vernacular; in 1932, Irving Berlin's popular Broadway revue Face The Music included the song "I Say It's Spinach (And The Hell With It)".) Elizabeth Hawes adopted it for her critique of the clothing design industry: Fashion is Spinach (1938).
Rose illustrated Bennett Cerf's best-selling book Try and Stop Me and its sequel Shake Well Before Using. Rose also illustrated Have Tux, Will Travel, the supposed autobiography of actor Bob Hope (actually ghost-written by journalist Pete Martin).
Between 1958 and 1961 he also illustrated the educational comic strip Our New Age, written by Dr. Athelstan Spilhaus.