Henry Martin '48
While many aspects of life at Princeton are devoted to a seriousness
of purpose, humor-- in its many forms-- helps maintain a proper
perspective. Evidence of this sort of jocular self-observation and
criticism can be found in many undergraduate institutions, including
The Band, Triangle Club, and Tiger Magazine, to name only a few.
However, far too often undergraduates seem to forget that all alumni
were "students once...just like them." Happily, for almost
five decades now, cartoonist Henry Martin '48 has turned his keen
eye and sharply focused wit towards situations that are amusing
for all, but particularly for Princetonians.
What follows is an online
selection of some of his cartoons that feature "things Princetonian,"
drawn from a variety of sources. In many of his cartoons, the material
is obviously set on the Princeton campus and drawn from experiences
common to all Princeton applicants, students, and alumni. At other
times, the references are far more subtle-- such as the spires on
a building or the shield on the speaker's rostrum-- but here too,
the cartoon is nonetheless unmistakably 'about' Princeton, even
as the humor encompasses a broader world view.
[The Princetoniana Committee
would like to acknowledge the assistance of Henry Martin '48, his
eminent colleague George
Booth, as well as The New Yorker, the Princeton Alumni Weekly,
and Ephraim Di Kahble for permission to include these cartoons on this site.]
Remembrance of Things
Other Reunion Cartoons
cartoons from The New Yorker
Sure Looks Like Princeton
In the world of Henry Martin '48, Princeton is not only a common
theme, it also serves as the setting for several of his cartoons,
whether overtly (as in many of the examples shown here) or for those
in the know. The following three cartoons make no mention of Princeton
whatsoever, but anyone familiar with campus architecture, the University
seal, or even the Princeton Club of New York will certainly have
a sense of recognition.
All cartoons used by Permission of Henry Martin
'48, George Booth, and The New Yorker.
A large collection of Henry
Martin's work for The New Yorker can be found via cartoonbank.com.