A number of interesting points came out in answers to questions from the audience. Of 90-odd selections, over 80 were chosen unanimously. Considering there are over 6,000 American magazines, the number of entries was disappointingly small. In this connection, the Suggestion was made that publishers of small budget, or special interest periodicals, might be tempted to enter ll the show were broken down into categories, so they could compete in their own classes. The art of typography in the U.S. is behind the Standards of Europe, said the experts. One very sad commentary: the top market for the best of graphic arts books is about 7,500 copies. In a nation of 160 million people, compare that with the circulation of "confession" magazines, comic books and racing forms "Department of Dear Horace" or "Run, creep or crawl West." Says Columnist Louis Sobol (a sybarite in his own right), about our new Author on Page 33. "Lucius Beebe, once the outstanding boulevardier of Manhattan has settled down with his pal Chuck Clegg to the rugged life in Virginia City, devoting most of his time to his newspaper, The Enterprise. To maintain his contact with New York and his favorite restaurant, he persuaded the telephone Com pany to allot him the number 21. He has the biggest deep freeze in Nevada (outside of those in the hotels) and in it Stocks venison and grouse, while in a huge icebox there is always fresh caviar and limitless quantities of Bollinger and Perrier Jouet chilled at all hours. His private railroad car, The Gold Coast, is stationed nearby at Sparks and can be commissioned for travel at about five hours notice. Clegg, who is editor of the Enterprise, drives a cream-white Jaguar. Publisher Beebe sticks to a Rolls Royce. To repeat, they live the rugged life, these two lads who deserted effete Gotham." ->»•<«- Print does not attempt to report news, much less obituaries, but the death of John Taylor Arms in October was a loss too great to the graphic arts to pass unnoticed here. We shall not try to assess the long career of the man described by the New York Times as "the dean of American etchers." It will doubtless be better done by more than one historian of the future. We are proud to have had so much of Mr. Arms in our pages. His intermittent series of "100 Masterpieces of Printmaking" is well known to most of Print's readers. Though missing from recent issues, arrangements had been made during the summer for resumption of the splendid contributions which unhappily, will not be seen again. ->»•(«- Concurrently with our last number, the October issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine also ran an article on "Art in Medicine." Ours was titled "Medicine in Art," and covered the past use of illustration in this im- portant field of science, while the J-H Störy pertains mainly to modern practises, illustrated chiefly through photographs. Out of deference to Max Brodel, one line engraving and one half tone of his work are included in the Photographie description. Brodel, who organized the first medical art department in the country at Hopkins in 1911 says: "photography was called in as an aid, but I abandoned it an artist feels degraded when he uses a photograph as a basis for his drawings." If it did not interfere with accuracy, Brodel some times indulged his sense of humor by using himself as the suffering patient. In the late Spring Print is planning to blossom out with the second of our annual "regional" numbers. Early last year, with difficulty, consider ing time and distance involved, we ran a "Chicago" issue, compiled and edited mainly by the members of the Society of Typographie Arts, under the able direction of R. Hunter Middleton and Burton Cherry. We are still getting Orders for this edition (at $2.00 a copy). The next regional effort will have New England as its subject, featuring Conde Nast, Strathmore Paper, Meriden Gravüre, Time Labo ratories, and other Yankee enterprises. We hope it will prove to be as interesting to as many people as the Chicago effort. "Programs in Print" for 1954 will include Fair- child Aviation, Sunkist Industries, and one other still to be selected from many possibilities. Nominations, backed up by concrete approval of the suggested subjects, are welcome. The rest of Print's fare will comprise, as always, the best in graphic arts, demonstrated where practical in our usual custom. We've had more ideas contrib- uted this year, pro and con, than ever before. Keep them Comingthey help to make a better magazine of Print.

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