Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Frank Godwin
Francis Wood "Frank" Godwin was born in Washington, D.C. on October 20, 1889, according to his World War I and II draft cards. In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, he was the third of four children born to Harry and Annie. His father, who had passed away before the census, was an editor at the Washington Star, according to a New York Times obituary, August 6, 1959. Harry's brother, Thomas, a photographer, lived with the family. They lived in Hackensack, New Jersey on Maple Avenue. The New York Times said, "…As a young man he became an art apprentice for The Star and attended the Art Students League of New York. He became a friend of James Montgomery Flagg, the artist, with whom he shared a studio at one time. Mr. Godwin did cartoons for Judge magazine." On November 25, 1909, Godwin married Grace Congleton in Hackensack, as reported in the New York Times on the same day.
In the 1910 census, the couple lived in Washington, D.C. at 3138 Q Street. His occupation was newspaper artist. Godwin signed his World War I draft card on June 5, 1917. He lived in Philadelphia at 620 Washington Square, and was an artist at N.W. Ayer & Sons. His description was tall height, medium build with blue eyes and black hair. The Washington Post, August 29, 1918, noted his progress in the army, "…Fourteen more Washington men have been commissioned in the army as follows:…Francis W. Godwin, 1466 Chaplin street northwest, second lieutenant, sanitary corps…" The Milwaukee Journal (Wisconsin), August 30, 1931, published a profile of Godwin that said, "…When the World War came he went in as a motion picture camera man, but was soon assigned to the air service, where he became a pilot."
His illustrated books include The Blue Fairy Book (1921), Uncle Henry (1922), Robin Hood (1923), The Black Arrow (1923), Tales From Shakespere (1924), Treasure Island (1924), Kidnapped: The Adventures of David Balfour (1925), Robinson Crusoe (1925), King Arthur and His Knights (1927), The Ten Dreams of Zach Peters (1927), The Swiss Family Robinson (1929), and The Book of Courage (1929).
On April 27, 1942, he signed his World War II draft card. He lived in New York City at 153 East 45 Street. He was self-employed, and his description was six feet two inches, 300 pounds, with blue eyes and black hair. His strip Rusty Riley started in 1948. The New York Times said, "…His brother, Harold P. of New Hope, does the continuity for the weekly version of 'Rusty Riley.' The daily continuity is done by Rod Reed…."
Godwin passed away, at home, August 5, 1959, in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The cause was a heart attack. The New York Times published his obituary the following day.
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CONNIE Sunday page is reported starting in Novermber 13 1927.
If this is not true, what's the real start date of CONNIE Sundays?
This is the earliest issue on Google News. You can't actually see the number there, but you can several days later. Assuming they didn't run that one early, the daily strip must have started at least by March 10, 1929.
But I can't be of any help for the Sundays.