February 8, ST and Buzzi begin a hectic two-week trip to the American South, stopping at 28 towns in Virginia and the Carolinas as well as the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg. The sketches made on this and similar trips form the basis for finished drawings.
Buzzi will later publish his account of this trip as Piccolo diario americano (1974), with 15 drawings by ST.
May 18, by train to Milwaukee to travel with the Milwaukee Braves baseball team on assignment for LIFE magazine. Stays in several Midwest cities and describes the assignment as “an excellent pretext for visiting unattractive parts of town.” The baseball drawings are published the following summer in a full-color feature in LIFE, “Steinberg at the Bat,” July 11, 1955. This is ST’s first exposure to baseball; he concludes that the game is “an allegorical play about America.”
July, stays with New York City Ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins in Stonington, Connecticut.
July 15, honorable discharge from the US Naval Reserve with the rank of lieutenant.
Invited by architect Ernesto Rogers of the firm BBPR to design the sgraffito murals for the “Children’s Labyrinth” at the 10th Triennial of Milan.
August, in Milan to oversee the production of his four drawings for the “Children’s Labyrinth”; using enlarged photographs of the drawings, a team of assistants incises the lines into the walls. ST adds a few new sections himself.
Director Alberto Lattuada enlists ST as an extra in a scene shot in the Galleria of Milan for his film Scuola elementare (Elementary School).
Goes to Nice and Paris, then spends about ten days in London. September 23, flies back to New York.
October, publication of The Passport, his third compilation of drawings. Also published this year, Steinberg’s Umgang mit Menschen, a German anthology of drawings from The Passport and his two earlier books.
Spends Christmas with Alexander Calder and his family in Roxbury, Connecticut. In a later drawing, recalls seeing Calder dancing with a Labrador.