Two Visionary Brothers: David and Alfred Smart

The Museum's namesakes David and Alfred Smart were the Chicago-based founders of Esquire, launched in 1933.

One of the first men's fashion magazines, Esquire was also distinguished by the high quality of its literary and editorial features: the first issue included pieces by Ernest Hemingway, Jon Dos Passos, and Dashiell Hammett. The Smart brothers' other ventures included Coronet Films, the nation's leading producer of Cold War-era educational and training films, many of which are now cult favorites. This fully illustrated biography chronicles the Smart's lives and professional innovations.


David Mazie

Publication date

September 2003


Paper, 38 pages, 17 color plates, 9 black-and-white



Purchase this book

Available for $12 online through the University of Chicago Press or in person at the Smart Museum Shop