LONGING for what?

This illustration, by Hubert Mathieu, is from a January 1932 Dilineator magazine for a story entitled "The Coat with the Sensuous Lines" by Dora Berezov. I find virtually nothing online about either the illustrator or writer. I have yet to read the story, but was taken by the style of the drawing. Very nice. However, and this is a big however...what's up with that leg? I know it shows movement in the drawing, but the longer I look at it the stranger it gets. 

"A story by a new writer who interprets with humor and pathos the crowded labyrinths of New York's lower East Side." Okay, okay, I see it. Humor and pathos in that leg. Yeah, I get it.

The quote from the story is, in case you can't read it, "I don't want nobody better, Ma," she sobbed. "He's good enough for me."

And how long did the model need to stay in that pose for the artist? Did she walk funny afterwards for just a little while? We'll never know. Just a thought for the day.


  1. Anonymous1/05/2009

    "He's good enough for me, Ma. With my deformity my choices are pretty slim.
    I can't be picky."

  2. Anonymous5/24/2015

    My grandmother, Dora Berezov, wrote this story. She was a Russian Jew who immigrated to the US in the early 1900's and was ostracized for marrying a Puerto Rican man. I wonder if this article/photons a reflection of her story in some way. I've never read it, but would love it if someone could direct me to it.

    1. Send me your email address and I'll take photos of the story and send them to you. You'll find my address in the "About Tattered and Lost" in the left column. Click on the photo and you'll be taken to a page where you can click to get the address. Sorry, I won't post the address here

    2. Even better, go here http://tinyurl.com/m6dtk7d to buy a copy of the complete magazine on ebay. The seller has it for $15 + 4 for shipping.