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The drawings of Romanian-born illustrator and sculptor Alexander Popini (1878-1962) graced many magazines of the 1920s, both "little" and popular, including Pearson's Magazine, The Century, and The Masses. In addition, he produced art for advertisements and illustrated several books including Vilhjalmur Steffanson's Ultima Thule: Further Mysteries of the Arctic (1940). Popini was fascinated by aviation and in 1916 he sculpted a hydro-aeromaid figure as a trophy for that year's New York Flying Yacht Club race around Manhattan. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War I.
Alexander Popini's illustration for "Women and Labor" in the Masses, November 1911
This illustration appeared in the eleventh issue of this influential magazine. The first issue listed him as a contributing art editor and contained his drawing of Masses founder Piet Vlag.