Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: Uncle Dan and Aunt Sally
By 1910 World Color Printing was ending a decade of originality and experimentation, and starting on a long, slow slide into oblivion. There were still a few interesting tidbits though. One was Uncle Dan and Aunt Sally, a strip starring a couple of hicks from the sticks. Granted, the Ma and Pa Kettle routine had already been done to death, but this cartoonist, who signed himself Tingle, threw in a few fresh wrinkles. Our hayseeds, Dan and Sally, are taking a trip around the world, and they write back to their son Hiram detailing all the wonders they discover in a new country each week.
The cartooning by Tingle, who has no other documented series with World Color Printing or elsewhere, is quite accomplished -- not exciting, but it gets the job done very well (which is more than you can say about a lot of other World Color material). Alex Jay has sleuthed out the identity of Tingle, and you'll meet him tomorrow.
The strip, and the trip, played out in weekly installments from December 26 1909 to May 29 1910.