Question about this New Yorker cartoon

Reply Mon 16 Sep, 2013 12:21 pm
Could someone explain this early New Yorker cartoon by Otto Soglow to me?


According to Ben Yagoda's "About Town," the caption was written by Cole Porter.

Thanks in advance
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Reply Mon 16 Sep, 2013 03:18 pm
It MIGHT have something to do with Porter's relationship with partner 'Jock' Sturges.

Whitney was a very wealthy philanthropist.

Don't know what the significance of the sewer is.

I will be watching to see what others think.

Reply Tue 17 Sep, 2013 09:13 am
Thanks Punkey, the sewer is just the set-up; Soglow drew about 30 of these "workers in manhole" cartoons during the New Yorker's early days.
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2014 06:33 pm
The joke turned out to be fairly straightforward: this is the sort of conversation society folk would be expected to have, yet here it’s being had by sewer workers.
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