Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Obscurity of the Day: The Sorrows of Solomon Swellhead
The series began on May 8 1904, and the end date is unclear because World Color played pretty fast and loose that year. In the San Francisco Call the last episode ran on October 23, but we know that many strips from the first half of the year were used later as more papers were added to the WCP service roster around mid-year. One of these days I really must get busy and cross-reference the contents of the New York Daily News (early adopter/possible origination point of World Color Printing) with papers that picked up the service in mid-1904.
Wondering about some of the turn of the century pop references? Chauncey Olcott was a very dapper entertainer famed for writing several enduring Irish ditties. Eugen Sandow was a famed bodybuilder and strongman.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!