Their book was published in October 1930. Soon everybody was talking about it.
• • On 12 October 1930, here's what The New York Times wrote about Times Square Tintypes by Sidney Skolsky, illustrated by Alex Gard:
• • "Sidney Skolsky's Times Square Tintypes is a unique biographical compendium. In it he recounts the things one does not usually hear of the famous and near famous figures of Broadway. . . . As a press agent and more recently as a columnist, he has lived closely enveloped in the maze of our stage gossip. In a field of activity where exhibitionism is a virtue, he has been quick to see or hear about each new gesture of vanity or temperamental pique . . . ."
• • MAE WEST was one of their famous Times Square Tintypes.
• • Mae West and Sidney Skolsky [1905-1983] stayed on good terms. He was an extra in her film "I'm No Angel," he wrote about her often in his column, he cheered when the Masquers honored her in April 1973, and he attended some of the seances Mae held at her California beach house.
• • Artist Alex Gard [1900-1948] was Sardi's caricaturist. He painted Mae colorfully for Vincent Sardi's restaurant - - and his neat black and white sketch was printed next to Skolsky's typewriter portrait.
• • If you chance upon this book, it's a worthwhile and amusing close-up.
• • Illustration: Mae West by Alex Gard • • early 1930s • •