Saturday, April 28, 2012
In any case, the decision made by history is that Nelson was the winner. He continued on his career, winning the world lightweight title, while Britt immediately sank into obscurity and soon quit the sport.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, April 27, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Everett Lowry
Everett E. Lowry was born in Montezuma, Indiana on December 22, 1869, according to the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index at Ancestry.com. His parents were William and Rachel. He has not been found in the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Federal Censuses. The New York Times obituary, October 6, 1936, said, "…Mr. Lowry came to Chicago in 1893. He served as a cartoonist for the old Chicago Chronicle, the old Chicago Journal, The Chicago American and The New York World at various times. He also worked for the McClure Syndicate…." The Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, at Ancestry.com, recorded his March 17, 1897 marriage to Minnie L. Mooney.
The 1900 U.S. Federal Census recorded Lowry in Manhattan, New York City at 260 West 21st Street. He had been married for three years and was an artist. In this decade, some of his strips were Pete (1903), The Man With an Elephant on His Hands (1905), and Professor Fakem the Naturalist (1907).
In the following census, he lived in Chicago at 4663 Winthrop Avenue, where he was a newspaper cartoonist. In 1914 he contributed And His Name Is Mr. Bones to the Chicago Tribune Sunday comics page.
Still in Chicago, Lowry was at 430 Roslyn Place, according to the 1920 census. He continued as a newspaper cartoonist. Some time later, he started the Business Cartoon Service and advertised in Printers' Ink Monthly; issues from 1920 and 1922. Printers' Ink Monthly, Volume 136, Issue 2, 1926, reported on Lowry's cartoon company.
Chicago, Ill.—The Lowry Carton Company, 55 East Wacker Drive, has been incorporated with a capital if $35,000, to manufacture and deal in paper cartons and other paper containers. The incorporators are Everett E. Lowry, Herbert S. Cornwell and D. Merton Reardon.
…Lowry, president of the Lowry Cartoon Corporation, 75 East Wacker Drive,…died tonight in his home, 508 Deming Place….
…Probably his outstanding political cartoon was "His Favorite Author," showing a farmer at home reading President Theodore Roosevelt's message. President Roosevelt sent for and received the original. He hung it in his study and mentioned it in his autobiography.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Minnie Mooney Lowry, and a sister, Mrs. Anita Rhodes, of Dana, Ind.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Quin Hall
Quin Hall was born in Lacon, Illinois on February 15, 1884. His birthplace was mentioned in an Editor & Publisher article, December 23, 1939, and the birthdate was on his World War I draft card. It's not clear if "Quin" was his first or middle name. He has not been found in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
The Emporia Daily Gazette (Kansas), December 28, 1939, published a profile of Hall, and it said:
...Illinois is Quin's home state, Lacon his home town. While still in high school he got to work, after classes were out, on the local weekly as junior reporter and typesetter.
After two years at the University of Illinois, Quin decided he was wasting valuable time. He struck out for the southwest to launch a metropolitan newspaper career. Starting at the bottom (as a shoe clerk in Oklahoma City) he worked his way up in two years to a sports editorship.
The Sunday edition of the paper carried his first drawings, sketches of local events and people. They were so well received that he resolved to change from a writer to an artist. He went to Chicago to study at the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the 1910 census, he lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 215 West Street. He was a newspaper reporter. The initials "LQ" were recorded by his surname. The Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, at Ancestry.com, recorded his name as "Lloyd Quin Hall", who married Myrtle Williams on August 2, 1911. The Gazette said, "…After a session with blocks and casts at the Academy, Quin resigned to join the art staff of the Chicago Daily News. Later he was cartoon instructor at the academy, and cartoonist in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh…." In 1914 he contributed Genial Gene and Pinhead Pete to the Chicago Tribune Sunday comics page.
Hall's address was the same in the 1920 census. He was a newspaper cartoonist. He has not been found in the 1930 census. The Gazette, December 28, 1939, announced Hall's new comic panel.
New Cartoonist Draws for Gazette
This is the story of typical American cartoonist, ad how he got that way. You will be interested because it is the story behind "The Doolittles," the new comic panel depicting a typical American cartoon family. "The Doolittles" starts monday in The Gazette.
Quin Hal, creator of the Doolittles, is a tall, smiling well groomed individual. There is nothing Bohemish about him. He might be a successful businessman. He and Mrs. Hall live in Manasquan, on the New Jersey coast, where they are convenient to New York and still satisfy their liking for small-town life....
The Miami News obituary, October 3, 1968, said, "…Moving to Miami in 1939 in semi-retirement, he applied for a job at The Herald in 1941 and was hired." His panel, Strictly Private, began in 1940. The News said, "…His first wife…died in 1954, and three years later he married Mrs. Marjorie Gough, who lost her husband in World War II. Mrs. Gough had been a close friend of the Halls for several years."
Hall passed away October 1, 1968, in Florida. The News said, "...Mr. Hall, who was 84 and lived at 1595 Bay Rd., Miami Beach, died Tuesday night at a hospital after an illness of several weeks….Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Marjorie. He was born in Lacon, Ill., and his ashes will be buried there."
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Dean Cornwell
Charles Dean Cornwell was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 5, 1892. His birth information was recorded on his World War I and II draft cards, both found at Ancestry.com. Charles was his first name as recorded in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census. He was the oldest of two children born to Charles and Margaret. They lived in Louisville at 2418 Portland Avenue. His father was a civil engineer. According to the National Cyclopaedia of American Biography (1967), his father's full name was Charles Louis and his mother was Margaret Wyckliffe Dean; her maiden name was Cornwell's middle name.
The Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists said, "He had a natural talent for drawing, and in high school his cartoons appeared in the school newspaper and year books. After he graduated in 1910 at the age of eighteen he worked as a cartoonist for The Louisville Herald." In the 1910 census, Cornwell's mother was the head of the household. They lived in Louisville at 1500 First Street. His name was recorded as "Charles Dean" and he was a musician. The Seattle Daily Times (Washington), November 8, 1926, published Burton Rascoe's column, "The Daybook of a New Yorker", who wrote:
…At the office until 5:30 and dropped by the studio of Dean Cornwell, the American artist and illustrator, whom the great Brangwyn has named in his will to carry out the work he leaves unfinished, ignoring British royal academicians and more famous, but I dare say, not better artists than this tall, slim youth, who used to play the trap drums in a motion picture theatre two-piece orchestra for a living. He has his drum and traps in the studio and he turned on a phonograph record and I drummed to the piece while he was putting a few touches on a canvas; but when he had finished he took the sticks and made me look like a ham, so accomplished and dexterous a drummer is he.
We went to the station together and read the evening papers in the train until we reached Mamoraneck [sic], where our wives in separate cars awaited us...
The National Cyclopaedia said he attended the Art Institute of Chicago from 1909 to 1910 then "he began his career in 1911 as a charcoal-pencil artist with The Chicago Tribune". Some of his Tribune art can be viewed at ChicagoMag.com. He also contributed the Stone Age Stuff and Freddy Frappe panels to the Tribune's Crazy Quilt Sunday comic page, which is viewable at Barnacle Press. Stone Age Stuff ran from April 12, 1914 to January 10, 1915, and Freddy Frappe ran from May 31, 1914 to January 10, 1915.
He applied for a passport on November 29, 1916, to visit Cuba, Panama, and Costa Rica. Aboard the S.S. Calamares, he sailed on December 6 and returned on January 1, 1917. He lived in Leonia, New Jersey. On June 5, 1917, he signed his World War I draft card. He lived in Leonia at 105 Leonia Avenue. His occupation was illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. His description was tall, slender with brown eyes and hair. The Cook County, Illinois, Marriages Index, 1871-1920, at Ancestry.com, said he married Mildred Montrose Kirkham September 3, 1918.
In the 1920 census, he remained in Leonia but at 201 Leonia Avenue. He and Mildred were artists with their own studio. His father passed away December 9, 1920. The Breckenridge News (Cloverport, Kentucky), December 15, 1920, reported the father's death.
C.L. Cornwell Aphasia Victim
Mr. C.L. Cornwell, who formerly lived in Glen Dean and was the engineer in charge of the construction of the Fordsville Branch line of the L.H. & St. L., died in the City Hospital of Louisville on Thursday. His death was due to injuries when he was hit by a Fourth Street car on the evening previous to his death.
Mr. Cornwell, while constructing the branch road, was married to Miss Margaret Dean, daughter of the late Johnson Dean, and a sister of Miss Amanda Dean and Mr. Charlie Dean, of Glen Dean, one of the most prominent families of Breckenridge county.
They have two children, a son, Dean Cornwell, of New York, one of the country's leading artists, who illustrates stories and who draws covers for the largest magazines. Their daughter, Miss Mary Cornwell, is also a very talented artist and magazine illustrator.
Mr. Cornwell suffered mental afflictions which unfitted him for work. He had been separated from his family for some time but they looked after him. Mr. Cornwell built the Breckenridge-Street and Kentucky-Street viaducts over the L. & N.R.R. tracks. He did a great deal of work for the Santa Fe railroad in Oklahoma and Texas, and was a specialist in the use of designing of pneumatic caissons.
His remains were buried in Louisville. His widow, son and daughter survive.
The New York Evening World's Daily Magazine, December 8, 1922, included a Cornwell recipe in the Bell Syndicate column, "Feed the Brute: Favorite Recipes by Famous Men".
Get a big iron kettle and put into it a lot of fine beef cut into small squares, some chopped bacon, dried mushrooms, (the kinds you get at any little Italian store), a can of tomatoes and some sliced onions. The dried mushrooms shoal be soaked for an hour or two before cooking.
Cover the material with plenty of water and season with salt, brown sugar, and Mexican chili powder. Cook slowly all day—the longer the better, I find.
When you are simply famished and cannot wait any longer, ladle the sauce onto the steaming hot spaghetti and enjoy a real meal. The sauce is still better, in my opinion, when warmed up the second day.
Mr. Cornwell arrived in New York with a crate of immense mural canvasses which he had sketched out in London because he could find no New York studio big enough to hold them. One of the first things he did was to look up a typical American girl model, for he has just begun work on one of the most important art consignments of the day, the mural decorations for the new memorial library in Los Angeles. Miss Murel Finley, Ziegfeld beauty of New York and California, was the artist's choice.
Picks California Girl.
Having painted women the world over, from the blonde beauties of the north countries to the dark-eyed and alluring sirens of the tropics, for his story illustrations which appear regularly in American magazines, this artist has achieved considerable reputation as a beauty critic. Asked what qualifications decided his choice of a California girl to pose for the figure of American girlhood in his forthcoming murals, he said:
"Of course, the first requirement was form and profile, human proportions that have been considered the ideal of feminine beauty throughout the ages. But for this piece of work, for a representation of ideal American womanhood, I needed more than this—radiant health, the beauty of a clear skin and firm muscles, and that well-groomed fitness which characterizes American women and makes them superior to other women of the world over."
He was recorded in the 1930 census in Manhattan, New York City at 1105 Park Avenue. He had a son and a daughter, and was an artist for an international magazine. In May 1930 he sailed to Europe again. American Art Annual Volume 30 (1933) gave his studio address as, "Gainsborough Studios, 222 Central Park South, New York". He visited Cuba in April 1933 and Bermuda in July 1938.
The New York Times, February 7, 1942, said, "Dean Cornwell, artist and head of the New York City Art Commission, took a large suite in 863 Park Avenue…" He signed his World War II draft card on April 27, 1942. Self-employed, his studio was at 222 Central Park South in New York City. His description was 6 feet and 165 pounds with brown eyes and blonde hair. His mother passed away March 9, 1947. The Niagara Falls Gazette (New York), July 23, 1948, reported the death of his sister.
Dean Cornwell's Sister Is Found Dead in Bed
Sun Valley, Idaho, July 23 (AP)—Mary Randolph Cornwell, 54, of 55 Park avenue, New York City, was found dead yesterday in her room at this resort.
Dr. Robert Wright, Blaine county coroner, said she had probably been reading in bed, gone to sleep and died of a heart attack.
Survivors include a brother, Dean Cornwell, noted artist, and a niece, Patricia Cornwell, an editor of Harper's Bazaar.
He returned from Europe in December 1955; his address was 33 West 67 Street in New York City. Cornwell passed away December 4, 1960, at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. The December 6, New York Times obituary said the cause was a heart ailment. His wife passed away October 19, 1974.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Lester J. Ambrose
Lester Joseph Ambrose was born in Gardenville, New York on January 16, 1879, according to Who Was Who in American Art (1985). His birthdate was recorded on his World War I and II draft cards. Most book and web sources name Gardendale as his birthplace, but I have found no such city or village in New York. According to the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, he lived in Gardenville, which is just a few miles east of Buffalo. He was the oldest of three children born to Joseph and Mary. His father was a hotel keeper.
Who Was Who said he studied at the Art Students League branch in Buffalo. Later he attended the Chase School of Art in New York City, where his instructors were William Chase and Robert Henri. Ambrose served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War, according to the New York Times, December 2, 1949. The Illustrated Buffalo Express, April 23, 1899, noted his return: "Lester J. Ambrose is welcomed back into the club again. He has been wintering in Cuba with the boys of the [illegible]."
In 1900, he lived with his parents in West Seneca, located between Buffalo and Gardenville. His occupation was "Bar Garden[er]." His father passed away this decade. A short list of his magazine illustrations is here. Who Was Who said he contributed illustrations to The American, Pearson's, The Delineator, and Woman's Home Companion.
He lived with his mother and sister in Buffalo at 212 Normal Avenue, according to the 1910 census. He was an artist with his own studio. The Illustrated Buffalo Express reviewed Old Good-by's and Howdy-Do's, a book of verse by John D. Wells, and said, "The book is well made. It is illustrated by several drawings by Lester J. Ambrose, of which are in unusual sympathy with the text." For the Chicago Tribune, he contributed the strip Simp Simpson, which ran from February 1 to June 7, 1914. [practically without a doubt he was employed in the Tribune's bullpen in this period -- Allan] The Illustrated Buffalo Express, December 24, 1916, published his "The Story of Creation". The Rochester Democrat Chronicle, February 24, 1918, noted his participation in the upcoming Central Y.M.C.A. show on March 1: "…Lester J. Ambrose, cartoonist for the Post-Express, will give a chalk talk…" He signed his World War I draft card on September 12, 1918. He lived in Rochester, New York at 40 Tibbs. He was superintendent at the Post-Express. Who Was Who said he was a cartoonist for the Post-Express. He named his mother as his nearest relative; she lived at 73 Hughes Avenue in Buffalo. His description was medium height, slender build with gray eyes and brown hair.
In the 1920 census his mother was the head of the household. They lived in Buffalo at 18 Merrimac Street. He was an artist. Who Was Who said he studied painting with Lucius Hitchcock, Kenneth Hayes Miller, and Louis Mora, but it's not clear when that was.
It's not known when he moved to Illinois, where the 1930 census recorded him in Oak Park at 905 South Clinton Avenue. He was married to Lila, whom he married when he was 43. His occupation was photo-engraver in photography. Lester was named in the the New York Times, November 17, 1935, article "Art Exhibit Stirs Storm in Chicago".
…The allegation of obscenity is based less on nudity than upon a suggestiveness which some observers say they discover in facial expressions, contours and attitudes. "Dime a Dance," by Lester J. Ambrose, in which Al Capone is said to be a figure amid a group of coryphees; "Romance," by Thomas Hart Benton, in which a Negro walks hand in hand with his girl friend beneath a Southern moon, and "Lovers on a Stoop," by Mary E. Fife, are among those works of art which some have deplored.
On April 27, 1942 he signed his World War II draft card. He and Lila lived in New York City at 101 West 3rd Street. He was not working. His description was five feet eleven inches, 155 pounds, with gray eyes and hair. The New York Times, November 12, 1943, cited his painting in the fifth annual exhibition of the American Veterans Society of Artists.
The show makes an attractive ensemble and contains canvases that are outstanding. Among these quite the finest, in my estimation, is Lester J. Ambrose's tenderly and subtly brushed tiny "Gold Star Mother."
Ambrose—Lester Joseph, Nov. 30, 1949, beloved husband of Lila, brother of Mrs. Walter Chellew, U.S.S.W.V. [United States Spanish War Veterans], Manhattan Camp No. 1. Services at Walter B. Cooke, Inc., Funeral Home, 117 West 72d St., Sunday, 8 P.M. Interment Arlington National Cemetery.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, April 23, 2012
Obscurity of the Day: Crazy Quilt
So that makes it even more special when, in 1914, a group of the Chicago Tribune's cartoonists got together and produced not just a one-off jam page, but an entire Sunday series of them, entitled Crazy Quilt. And when they decided to do jam pages, they really went all out. Each creator contributed a character, some already familiar, some new, and the strips they produced all intersected and interacted with each other. The effect is really impressive, more so if you take the time to really study what's going on in these complex pages. The amount of planning that went into each episode is really impressive, especially since they succeed so well.
Crazy Quilt ran from April 12 to June 7 1914. After the jam page was dropped, many of the series continued on a page which was for one week mastheaded with the Crazy Quilt name, but each strip was separate and not part of a unifying design. Here's a roll call of features that were patches in the Crazy Quilt:
And His Name is Mr. Bones by Everrett Lowry -- ran for a short time before Crazy Quilt, and for many years afterward, ending in 1920. Lowry was at the time of Crazy Quilt running a contest to name the dog, so the strip hasn't yet taken on it's eventual name.
Freddy Frappe Filosophizzes by Dean Cornwell -- new for Crazy Quilt, had a six month run afterward. This was a single panel feature.
Genial Gene by Quin Hall -- ran before and after Crazy Quilt, from January to October 1914.
Hi Hopper by Frank King -- Ran before and after its Crazy Quilt period, from February to December 1914.
Old Doc Quack by Charles Lederer -- a panel that was only used in Crazy Quilt.
Pinhead Pete by Quin Hall -- created for the Crazy Quilt page, it continued afterward, first as a panel feature, and then as a strip, ending in January 1915.
Simp Simpson by Lester J. Ambrose -- started in the Trib's Sunday section in February, it didn't continue after the jam pages.
Stone Age Stuff by Dean Cornwell -- another Cornwell panel, created for the Crazy Quilt page and then ran on its own until January 1915.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans, and to Alex Jay, who will follow this post with a set of Ink-Slinger Profiles of the Crazy Quilt contributors.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics