He Said

Item Info

Item No: pixc00226
Title: He Said "No!"
Additional Title: He Said "No!"
Media Type: Cartoons (Commentary)
Source: Print and Picture Collection

"But in 1936, they were outlawed. What happened? Blame the city’s recently elected Italian-American mayor, Fiorello La Guardia.

"'He refused to renew the grinders’ licenses in 1936, saying that the radio and outdoor concerts had made them superfluous and that the city should discourage street begging'"

  • "The Sudden Demise of New York's Organ Grinders."Ephemeral New York. Wordpress, 4 Jan. 2015. Web. 8 Oct. 2015.


Created for Evening Public Ledger, date unknown.

A monkey, labelled "N.Y. Mayoralty Offer," is asked by an organ grinder "Buddy, can you spare the time!"  "He said, 'No!'"


Creator Name: Sykes, Charles Henry, 1882-1942 - Artist