Thursday, September 21, 2017

Schulenberg's Page: New York, Part CXXVIII

Text and Illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

June 1968. I received a call from Ted Menten whom I'd known from my days living in Greenwich Village before going to Paris. He was a graphic designer and was calling me to come in and talk about doing artwork for a Yardley makeup campaign.

That sounded exciting — mainly because makeup advertising paid very well. The Yardley job was to be an illustration for a point of sale display of "slicker" lipsticks called Slickeringos, shiny, wet-looking lipsticks that looked like a young woman had just licked her lips for a photograph.
There were a lot of cute names that companies hoped would attract young buyers, members of the Youthquake that fashion maven, Diana Vreeland had defined and baptized.
I painted a young beautiful slickeringer girl twirling a lipstick attached to something that looked like a keychain. I painted a lot of lipsticks for Yardley's approval.
It did pay well!

I took a break and met Connie Bartel, Paul's aunt for whom I'd done hair drawings for her magazine, Hair Trends. She was very upset about the death of Bobby Kennedy and we went for lunch (along with most of Manhattan) to the very popular restaurant at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
After, I took the crosstown bus to see my friend Ray Smith who lived on Columbus Avenue.  (He still lives in the same apartment.)
We went to dinner and like so many people, talked about the coming political conventions. TIME magazine had that day come out with an illustration of Bobby Kennedy on the cover and articles on assassinations and crime! 
Ray was a news producer at NBC and was telling me how the news people had reacted to the second Kennedy assassination.
The next day was Saturday and I met friends at the Cafe Hindenburg on east 86th Street. With so many German restaurants, the Cafe Hindenburg was the most comfortable.  (And because a Schulenberg was prominent in Germany's Weimar Republic government under President von Hindenburg, they let me write checks!)
I'd recently met Howard Blechman, who was a young industrial designer and knew the people I knew.
As I was drawing, a waitress became fascinated watching me — and asked me to draw her picture.
We spent most of the afternoon there talking about politics, assassinations and all of the demonstrations against the Vietnam War! Even though President Johnson had decided not to run for reelection, he was still the President and there were still demonstrations against him.

With Kennedy gone, there was still the hope of anti-war candidate Senator Eugene McCarthy being elected president!
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