Life in New York City for two illustratorsHardie used to love to tell a story on his wife, who illustrated under her maiden name of Dorothea Cooke and did many covers for Jack and Jill magazine in the 50s. In the late thirties, she had illustrated a textbook of Spanish grammar. One picture was of a woman in a frilly nightgown lying in bed. It was a low gown, certainly nothing to be censored, but the publisher called up to tell them that the book had been "banned in Boston" because of it! My father would tell friends the story and add with a chuckle, "That will sell a lot of books elsewhere."
During the early forties, the City was populated with lots of characters. Hardie and Doppy would go to a place where old-time actors and actresses congregated and they would find people who loved to pose. One time, however, a Russian model, Mr. Magner, was posing in their apartment and decided that he would like to cook for them. He wouldn't take no for an answer. It was a very hot July day as he cooked a dozen cabbage-and-egg pies in their small kitchenette. The smell of the cabbage permeated everything, and it seemed as if the day would never end. When Magner finally left, my parents tossed the pies in the garbage and went out to dinner, ready to put the day behind them.
Doppy remembered the specific day when they both thought that, yes, they were going to make it. In 1940, Putnam's was sending Hardie by boat up the coast to be one of the speakers at a huge book fair at Boston Garden. While my parents were on board, Hardie received a telegram from his agent, Barry Stephens, saying that he'd gotten a job for Collier's magazine, his first.
- Memories of Hardie Gramatky by his daughter, Linda Gramatky Smith
- The Early Years
- Hardie demonstrates precocious early talent in art
- Back to Los Angeles: a time of art and love
- The Years with Walt Disney
- Marriage and an odd honeymoon in New Orleans
- The move to New York City
- A mischievous tugboat comes into Hardie’s life
- Enjoying the world of watercolors
- Life in New York City for two illustrators
- Moving back to California during the War Years
- Returning to the East Coast and moving to Connecticut
- Honors come Hardie’s way
- A vignette of the daily life of Hardie and Dorothea Gramatky
- Founder of the Fairfield Watercolor Group
- A couple of windows into how Hardie would paint
- The world opens up for the Gramatkys
- Grandchildren enrich Hardie’s life
- More traveling in the United States
- Hardie’s last two trips to Europe