Drafters of the Labour magazine / magazine for all (1927-1970)

Original drawings and a large selection of magazines

Through the exhibition of Newspaper Characters’ House of Christmas decorations, we want to present the magazine with a focus on the magazine’s cartoonists exhibited through magazines and original illustrations. Particular emphasis is placed on the inter-war years when the magazine had its most exciting period of large circulation and high quality. For art and culture enthusiasts, a dive into the magazine’s hiding be of interest.Perhaps more of the subscribers should get a bigger role in Norwegian art history?
Works Magazine – The magazine for all
Workers’ magazine was a peculiar phenomenon in the Norwegian press as a radical profile wanted to entertain, promote public enlightenment and a Norwegian alternative to foreign “literature dirt.” The magazine came out with its first issue 23 November 1927.The first year there were three numbers, then every fortnight, and from 1929 it became a magazine. Works magazine’s most vital period was between the wars, but the magazine managed to stay afloat until 1970.
Behind the publication was primarily journalist and author, Otto Luihn, which was also the first editor of the magazine. There were four young socialists, who with a capital of £ 300, formed A / S-Works Magazine. They were tighter or looser associated with the labor movement / CPN. With the team had Otto Luihn, Birger Madsen, Auden Th.Baastad and Oddvar Larsen (later Lamer). From the first issue also attended the artist Bjarne Restan, who also took care of the typographical layout of the magazine.
When we publish a magazine called the Labour magazine, write the editors, it is to realize an idea that has long been nourished and discussed within various arbeiderkretse, about getting an entertainment magazine for the working people on land and in the city.
A rapidly growing network of commissioners provided for the spread of the magazine in communities and workplaces. The first issue had a circulation of 20 000 items. In 1932, circulation 70,000 and rose to 100 000 before the war. In 1945 the peak was reached with 140 000 copies. The surplus was used to realize the release of the great promise, six-volume work, “Labour lexicon.”
The magazine was read on a rotating basis among the people, which ALF can tell from his upbringing. Later he became one of the many “people deep,” which was published poems and short stories in the magazine. With Nils Johan Rud as editor from 1932 and later editor had both writers and illustrators received an interested and good support.”All”, wrote in the magazine. Arthur More, Shaft Sandemose, Arne Paasche Aasen, Ingeborg Refling Hagen Asta Holth, Sigrid Undset, Johan Borgen, Cora Sandel, ALF, Falkberget, Tor Jonsson, John Giaever, Inger Hagerup and Kristian Elster, to name a few.
Workers’ magazine belonged to the left side and was radical without being party political. It focused on the Norwegian illustration, art and literature depicting ordinary people’s lives, but also historical articles on labor struggles and current international issues. Otherwise, nature drawings, popular scientific material, travel stories, comics, columns, and ask not least romanføljetonger as Theodore Drei Sers “An American Tragedy” and “Operation” by Frederick Parelius popular reading material. The journalist and author, Trygve Hjorth Johansen’s trip from Germany, “They burned bøkers library” and “The Nazi terror in 1936 warned of the disaster to come. He wrote the rest of the text of the cartoon “The eternal ilds country” as Tore Deinboll illustrated. Other popular cartoons were “Jens von Bust Shield” by Sigurd Lybeck with drawings by Anders Bjørgård, “Journey to Ken” by Christian Haugen and Arent Christensen and Bjarne Restans “Sjur Sjursen will be capitalist” as Otto Luihn wrote the lyrics to the first years.Later Restan also took on this task.
Magazine subscribers often had a background in Drawing School and Arts Academy.But the exception was Bjarne Restan which was entirely self-taught. “With hundreds of thousands marking pen lines, he was in the years 1927-1963 was employee No. 1 magazine,” wrote Nils Johan Rud. Other cartoonists and visual artists in the short and long illustrated articles, short stories and novels, and thus helped to give the magazine its inalienable character of the Norwegian magazine must be mentioned: Tore Deinboll, Borghild Rud, Trygve Moss Creek, Per Torp, Alf Andersen, Edvarda Lie, Anders Bjørgård, Olav Moss Creek, Kaare Espolin Johnson, Pedro (Salo Branch Ning), Omar Andrée, Hans Normann Dahl, Dagfinn Bakke, Audun Hetland, Thore Hansen Øivind Hansen, Tore Bernitz Pedersen, Odd Børretzen, Trond Botnen, Kjell Aukrust, Rolf Graff, Espen Grøgaard, Egil Torin Næsheim, Ryszard Warsinski and Johan P Fongen.
With its outstanding illustrations, they did it so that the blade had a proactive and modern touch in its heyday and a stamp of artistic quality to the end.
Welcome to the exhibition opening in the Newspapers Draw ‘House, Drobak –
Saturday 5 March at. 14:00.
Opening by Hans Normann Dahl and Maria Prestø.
Sunday 6 March at 14:00 will Kari Rud Mona Prestø display around the show and tell about her mother, Borghild Rud, who Draws Magazine.


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