Early cartoon by Mort Gerberg commenting on the changes from live to automated telephone operator services. In this piece, a telephone operator warns the caller, "Watch your mouth, mister. You happen to be screaming at a real, live person!"
This piece was published in the New Yorker on March 27, 1971. A handwritten note at the top of the piece indicates that it may also have been re-printed in a book known as "Better Times," although we have not been able to verify it.
Ink, ink wash, and white out highlights on 11" x 14" heavy stock paper. The entire piece is glued to a heavy cardboard backing. Some staining on the top of the page and discoloration consistent with age. There is a minor ripple to the paper from the ink wash application. Overall, very good condition.
A nice slice of history here.