1920s humour magazine Goblin wanted to know!
Clearly, if this contest were held by a Toronto-based magazine today, the question wouldn’t be “are you a high-brow?” but “are you a member of the downtown elite?” Meanwhile, instead of corned beef and cabbage (which would likely receive a high-brow spin at a restaurant these days), the low-brows would ponder their pot shots over a stereotyped meal of big chain fast food chased down with a double-double.
Note the trick designed to entice more people to subscribe to the humour stylings of Goblin: better prizes to those who received the magazine in their mailbox each month. Those subscriptions only helped so much though: Goblin wound up being strictly a creature of the 1920s. Despite a fine roster of artistic and literary talent, including Greg Clark, Jimmie Frise, Stephen Leacock, Leslie McFarlane, Lou Skuce, and Richard Taylor, the magazine only existed from 1921 to 1929.
And here are the winning entries…