Monday, November 22, 2010
Obscurity of the Day: Easy Edgar
This series ran for only five episodes in the Philadelphia North American between November 23 1902 and May 3 1903. Jean Mohr, the cartoonist, used her space for her Sallie Slick strip much more often.
Still no definitve word on whether Jean Mohr was a man or a woman.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scan!
Mohr resided in Philadelphia when the 1900 census was recorded. He worked as an artist for a newspaper. His parents lived in Muncy, Pennsylvania. The Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) published this item on October 8, 1902: "Jean Mohr, of Avon-by-the Sea, N. J., is visiting his mother, Mrs. Emma Mohr, on North Main street."
In the 1910 census, Mohr's mother, a widow, was still in Muncy. The Gazette and Bulletin published this brief item on January 5, 1911: "Jean Mohr has gone to Philadelphia, where he will spend the winter." When Mohr registered for the draft in 1918, he was living with his mother. On the draft card hIs occupation was "newspaper artist, various employers".
In the 1920 census they lived on North Main Street in Muncy. His occupation was "artist, at home". "Jean Mohr" was the name recorded in the 1930 census. His mother was 72 years old. Mohr gave his occupation as "illustrator" in the "magazine" industry.
The Lycoming County Genealogy Project recorded some of the names at the Muncy Cemetery. Mohr and his mother were buried there; he died in 1961.
The Muncy Historical Society has tours of historic homes and gardens. Below is an excerpt from the "Muncy Historical Society & Museum" building tour in 2005.
In addition to the coverlet and quilt makers, there are other
artists featured at 40 N. Main Street. Lining the front stairway
wall is the Jean Mohr Collection which includes examples of
his work in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and oil.
by Alex Jay
The Gazette and Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) published numerous items about Mohr's employment.
Dec. 5, page 2: Eugene Mohr, who is in the Art department of the Philadelphia Inquirer, was the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Mohr, the past few days.
Nov. 15, page 8: Jean M. [sic] Mohr, the well known cartoonist, one of the art staff of a New York daily, has decided to make Muncy his permanent home. Mr. Mohr will continue to sketch for the New York papers, and will also manage the insurance business of his late father, W. E. Mohr.
Feb. 8, page 3: A number of excellent illustrations in the current issue of Good Housekeeping were drawn by Jean Mahr [sic] whose home is at this place [Muncy].
Oct. 20, page 2: Jean Mohr, a staff artist of Good House Keeping [magazine], returned to New York yesterday after spending a few weeks here [Muncy] with his mother...
Jul. 11, page 7: Jean N. Mohr, a staff artist of "Good Housekeeping," a well known New York city Magazine, is at present spending a vacation with his mother...
I guess Trina's going to have to expunge Mohr from future editions of her women cartoonists books.
As for the skirt, well, from Alex's bio I would say that Jean might just have liked the idea of boys wearing girly clothes, if you catch my drift.