January, having taken only one of 17 scheduled exams at the Politecnico since beginning to work for Bertoldo and then Settebello, has to catch up in order to remain in Italy.
To compensate for his loss of cartooning income, friends lend him money or find small jobs for him in graphic design and advertising, his contributions always anonymous or reworked and published under the name of another artist.
Late in the year, first effort to find a home outside Italy. Aid comes from ST’s uncle Harry Steinberg in New York, as well as Harry’s children, especially his daughter Henrietta and her husband, Harold Danson, along with other US relatives. Also instrumental is Cesar Civita, whom ST knew in Milan. Civita, formerly director of periodicals for Mondadori (publisher of Settebello) had fled Italy in 1938 and within a year was established in New York as an illustrator’s agent.