Monday, February 23, 2009
Boston Bound -- Soliciting Your Suggestions
I know that I definitely have work to do on the Boston Traveller, the Post, the Herald and the Evening Transcript. The Globe I'll work on if time permits, but it's available at the Library of Congress, so I'm giving it low priority.
Looking over the film available at the BPL I see they have a number of other papers with which I'm less familiar. So I'd like to solicit the brain trust for any information you may have about the comic strip contents of these papers:
Boston Daily Advertiser (thru 1929), Sunday Advertiser (thru 1972) -- these were Hearst papers I believe -- anyone know if they have interesting content, or did they just run the standard Hearst strips)
Boston American (1904-61) -- also a Hearst paper, right?
Boston Chronicle (to 1960), Boston Guardian (1939-57) -- black papers; any interesting content or did they just reuse Defender/Courier stuff?)
These ones I know nothing about:
Boston Courier (to 1914)
Boston Free Press (1960-67)
Boston Morning Journal (to 1917)
Boston Evening News (1903-04)
Boston Evening Record (to 1921)
Boston Daily Record (1929-61) -- combined with American 62 on
Boston Telegraph (1921-28)
Boston Sunday Times (to 1915)
Boston Daily Tribune (1907 only)
Boston also had a long list of weekly papers. Does anyone know of any with interesting content? What about the rest of Massachusetts -- anyone know of interesting papers I ought to check?
"HEARST'S BOSTON AMERICAN" was his first paper there, though the Herald and the Post carried Hearst sunday comics before then. The Herald started theirs in 11/00.
The Boston TRAVELER had a daily syndicate going as early as 1908, with such luminaries as "HARRI KARI THE JAP" by Greening.
The GLOBE is available on the free proquest site,at least up to 1924, so spend your time more valuably on the other titles.
Actually the Herald had a Sunday-only syndicate going as early as 1900. They'd start up for awhile, then drop it, then bring it back. Went through that process at least three separate times. I've indexed the Herald in fits and starts up to about 1915, but Cole has mentioned to me that there was some daily stuff going on too occasionally which I seem to have missed.
I am pretty excited about doing the Traveller, which I've never gotten to see. That weird daily syndicate of theirs is completely unexplored turf for me.
And regarding the Hearst papers, geez Cole, you're going to have to draw me a flowchart of that craziness. Your explanation is making the gray matter leak out my ears.
So what dailies was the Boston American running that month?
If you think one bound volume is neato, perhaps you'd like to take about 500 or so off my hands?
The sports section has:
"Indoor Sports" by TAD
"Moe and Joe, They Get the Dough - Sometimes." "Done by Dunn"
The last-named is odd, in that in the first panel a horse-racing tip is inserted in the first speech balloon...but the strip (c) Star Co. is dated 1925
Bringing Up Father
Jerry on the Job
Polly and Her Pals
Fillum Fables (Chester Gould)
Abie the Agent