The Press: I Say It's Spinach

Couldn't you let that skirt down a little, Mary Louise? It's only an inch below your garters.

For heaven's sake, mother! Do you want me to look like a monk?

Such captions would look long-winded in today's New Yorker, but they were standard for its first jokes in 1925. Then Editor Harold Ross learned to trim the words and let the picture do its share. His one-line caption cartoons have set the style of U.S. humor in the last two decades. This week, in The New Yorker Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Album, the magazine took a lingering backward glance at the fun it has had...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!