Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 

Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Herman Hirschauer


Herman Hirschauer was born May 1866, in Boston, Massachusetts. The birth date is from the 1900 U.S. Federal Census and the birthplace from earlier census records.

In the 1870 census, Hirschauer was the youngest of four children born to Anton, a grocer, and Lena, both Prussian emigrants. The family resided in Boston.

Boston city directories show the family had moved, in 1874, to 29–31 Church Street, and, in 1883, to 5 Mahan Place.

Information about Hirschauer’s education and art training has not been found.

The 1889 Boston directory said Hirschauer was a lithographer living at 5 Mahan Place. He had the same occupation in the 1893 directory but a different address, 16 Enfield Street. From 1894 to 1902 directories listed Hirschauer at the same address and as an artist.

According to the 1900 census Hirschauer was a painter, married to Louise and had two children, Madeline and Anton. They lived with Hirschauer’s parents.

The 1903 New York City directory said Hirschauer was at 10 East 14th Street, probably his studio.

The 1905 New York state census counted Hirschauer and his family at 113 Woodycrest Avenue in the Bronx.

Hirschauer’s studio address was 19 Union Square West, room 54, in the 1906 city directory.

Hirschauer’s home was in the Bronx at 1770 Sedgwick Avenue from 1910 to 1931, according to the censuses and city directory.

American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Hirschauer drew the series Dolly Dip which combined elements of a comic strip in a sheet music page. The lyrics were by Sol P. Levy,. The series ran from November 29, 2014 to May 30, 1915 and syndicated by the New York Herald.

The 1916 city directory said Hirschauer’s studio was at 1440 Broadway in Manhattan. In the mid-1920s he moved his studio to 400 West 23rd Street.

The Newspaper Feature Service produced a long-running series of romantic cartoons, by several artists, beginning in 1913. Hirschauer contributed to the series in 1924.

In 1927 the Carolina Theatre opened in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to Saenger Theatres, “One of the most pleasing features in the design is the group of dancing girls on the proscenium arch, these figures have been drawn by Herman Hirschauer, who executed the mural paintings and decorations on the S.S. Leviathan.” The proscenium arch can be viewed here.

The 1930 census said Hirschauer was a freelance artist and designer of ladies wear and dresses.

Hirschauer passed away September 19, 1931 according to the New York, New York, Extracted Death Index at Ancestry.com


—Alex Jay

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 

The Newspaper Feature Service Romantic Cartoon Series, Part 6 (1924)

The romantic cartoon series was very predictable in the early 1920s, with Juanita Hamel (JH) and Annette Bradshaw (F, HP) supplying 99% of the material. That began to change in 1924, when Hamel was replaced more often by other artists. The number of days Hamel took off was insignificant, but she was spelled by a constantly changing cast of artists.



In February Dorothy Stahl (ST) makes her one and only contribution to the series, a perfectly adequate Nell Brinkley imitation. I guess Stahl didn't make a habit of producing newspaper work, because I can't find anything else she did but this single cartoon.



Then Hamel's cartoons run uninterrupted until May, when a flood of temps jump in. The first is Madge Geyer (MG), who also illustrated the magazine page's children's story for awhile. She'll do temp work on the romantic cartoon on occasion for the next five years, but in this stint she only manages two cartoons. Pulpartists.com has a biography of Ms. Geyer.

May also offers the return of Barbara Booth (BB), who does two cartoons.



Hamel loses one day's work in July to George Kerr (GK), long time Hearst illustrator, who offers up a singularly creepy cartoon.

In August-September we have the return of Cora Cameron, who does one cartoon in each of those months.



In September, Marguerite Lewis (ML) offers her first of four cartoons over the next three months. I know nothing of Ms. Lewis except that her seemingly unusual name turns out to be extraordinarily popular in the twentieth century. A cursory search on Newspapers.com finds preachers, socialites, actresses and even a magician's assistant sporting that name!




In October the parade continues with the debut of Mary Lawson (MN), who will become a semi-regular fill-in for the next two years, only to disappear after that. I know nothing about her. We also get two cartoons by Herman Hirschauer (HH), who has a few credits as a book and song sheet illustrator, and did a magazine cover series for the New York Herald in the mid-teens. His work here is quite impressive; too bad he didn't stick around.



Lastly in late November 1924, we get a single cartoon by someone signing themselves only "Carson" (C).

 1924


Jan        Su                   M                   Tu                   W                   Th                    F                    Sa
1 JH 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH 31 HP

Feb
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 ST
24 25 JH 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29

Mar
1 JH
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30 31 JH

Apr
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH

May
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 MG 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 BB 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 MG
25 26 JH 27 F 28 BB 29 HP 30 31 JH

Jun
1 2 JH 3 F 4 JH 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 JH 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH

Jul
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 GK 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH 31 HP

Aug
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 JH
24 25 JH 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29 30 CC
31

Sep
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 HP 19 20 ML
21 22 JH 23 F 24 CC 25 HP 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F

Oct
1 MN 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 ML 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 ML 14 F 15 MN 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 MN 21 F 22 JH 23 HP 24 25 HH
26 27 HH 28 F 29 C 30 HP 31


Nov
1 MN
2 3 MN 4 F 5 MN 6 HP 7 8 ML
9 10 MN 11 F 12 ML 13 HP 14 15 MN
16 17 MN 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 C
30



Dec
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 HP 19 20 JH
21 22 JH 23 F 24 JH 25 ? 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F 31 JH



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Monday, October 21, 2019

 

The Newspaper Feature Service Romantic Cartoon Series, Part 5 (1921-1923)

1921 comes tantalizingly close to being a perfectly clockwork year for the romantic cartoon. Juanita Hamel (JH) takes no vacation and Annette Bradshaw is her typical dependable self. The only intrusion to break the tedium is a fellow by the name of Edward Butler (EB), who manages to horn in to the tune of two whole cartoons, one in January and one in May.




1922 is a similar story, with only Cora Cameron (CC) contributing three cartoons in September to break up the monotony. I believe that makes this the first year in which no male artist contributes to the series. Unfortunately 1922 is also the first year in which the Harrisburg Evening News, so dependable up until now, occasionally drops the page ... or is it just missing from the microfilm? This year I began to use the Springfield Republican and Logansport Pharos-Tribune as back-ups to fill in when the Evening News lets me down.




1923 follows the same staid ritual, with the only variation being a single cartoon by Bess Micheau (BM) in May, and  Barbara Booth (BB) contributing one each in May, August and December.

In 1922 Micheau produced quite a few romance cartoons for the Philadelphia Public Ledger's syndicate, which evidently had their own romantic series of which I was unaware until I looked up her name. She worked under the name Bess Micheau Potter for the Ledger. That's all I know about Micheau.

1921


Jan         Su                  M                   Tu                    W                   Th                   F                   Sa
1 ?
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 EB
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30 31 JH

Feb
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH

Mar
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH 31 HP

Apr
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 JH
24 25 JH 26 F 27 AB 28 HP 29 30 JH

May
1 2 JH 3 F 4 JH 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 EB 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH 31 F

Jun
1 JH 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 JH 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 JH 14 F 15 JH 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 JH 21 F 22 JH 23 HP 24 25 JH
26 27 JH 28 F 29 JH 30 HP

Jul      Su                  M                 Tu                 W                Th                   F                  Sa
1 2 JH
3 4 ? 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 JH
24 25 JH 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29 30 JH
31

Aug
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 HP 19 20 JH
21 22 JH 23 F 24 JH 25 HP 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F 31 JH

Sep
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 JH 27 F 28 JH 29 HP 30

Oct
1 JH
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30 31 JH

Nov
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 ? 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH

Dec
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 ? 27 F 28 JH 29 HP 30 31 JH


1922


Jan     Su                  M                  Tu                 W                  Th                F                   Sa
1 2 JH 3 F 4 JH 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 JH 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH 31 F

Feb
1 JH 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 JH 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 JH 14 F 15 JH 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 JH 21 F 22 JH 23 HP 24 25 JH
26 27 JH 28 F

Mar
1 JH 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 JH 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 JH 14 F 15 JH 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 JH 21 F 22 JH 23 HP 24 25 JH
26 27 JH 28 F 29 JH 30 HP 31

Apr
1 JH
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30

May
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 F 19 20 JH
21 22 JH 23 F 24 JH 25 HP 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F 31 JH

Jun
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 JH 27 F 28 JH 29 HP 30

Jul      Su                  M                 Tu                 W                Th                   F                  Sa
1 JH
2 3 JH 4 ? 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30 31 JH

Aug
1 F 2 JH 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 JH 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH 31 HP

Sep
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 CC 19 F 20 CC 21 HP 22 23 CC
24 25 JH 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29 30 JH

Oct
1 2 JH 3 F 4 JH 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 JH 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH 31 F JH

Nov
1 JH 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 JH 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 JH 14 F 15 JH 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 JH 21 F 22 JH 23 ? 24 25 JH
26 27 JH 28 F 29 JH 30 HP

Dec
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 JH
24 25 ? 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29 30 JH
31

1923


Jan        Su                  M                     Tu                   W                   Th                   F                    Sa
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 HP 19 20 JH
21 22 JH 23 F 24 JH 25 HP 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F 31 JH

Feb
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 JH 27 F 28 JH

Mar
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 JH 27 F 28 JH 29 HP 30 31 JH

Apr
1 2 JH 3 F 4 JH 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 JH 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH

May
1 F 2 BM 3 HP 4 5 JH
6 7 JH 8 F 9 JH 10 HP 11 12 JH
13 14 JH 15 F 16 BB 17 HP 18 19 JH
20 21 JH 22 F 23 JH 24 HP 25 26 JH
27 28 JH 29 F 30 JH 31 HP

Jun
1 2 JH
3 4 JH 5 F 6 JH 7 HP 8 9 JH
10 11 JH 12 F 13 JH 14 HP 15 16 JH
17 18 JH 19 F 20 JH 21 HP 22 23 JH
24 25 JH 26 F 27 JH 28 HP 29 30 JH

Jul 
1 2 JH 3 F 4 ? 5 HP 6 7 JH
8 9 JH 10 F 11 JH 12 HP 13 14 JH
15 16 JH 17 F 18 JH 19 HP 20 21 JH
22 23 JH 24 F 25 JH 26 HP 27 28 JH
29 30 JH 31 F

Aug
1 JH 2 HP 3 4 JH
5 6 JH 7 F 8 JH 9 HP 10 11 JH
12 13 JH 14 F 15 JH 16 HP 17 18 JH
19 20 JH 21 F 22 JH 23 HP 24 25 JH
26 27 JH 28 F 29 BB 30 HP 31

Sep
1 JH
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 F 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30

Oct
1 JH 2 F 3 JH 4 HP 5 6 JH
7 8 JH 9 F 10 JH 11 HP 12 13 JH
14 15 JH 16 F 17 JH 18 HP 19 20 JH
21 22 JH 23 F 24 JH 25 HP 26 27 JH
28 29 JH 30 F 31 JH

Nov
1 HP 2 3 JH
4 5 JH 6 F 7 JH 8 HP 9 10 JH
11 12 JH 13 F 14 JH 15 HP 16 17 JH
18 19 JH 20 F 21 JH 22 HP 23 24 JH
25 26 JH 27 F 28 JH 29 HP 30

Dec
1 BB
2 3 JH 4 F 5 JH 6 HP 7 8 JH
9 10 JH 11 F 12 JH 13 HP 14 15 JH
16 17 JH 18 F 19 JH 20 HP 21 22 JH
23 24 JH 25 ? 26 JH 27 HP 28 29 JH
30 31 JH

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