Tuesday, December 01, 2015


News of Yore: Perry Carter Profiled

Carter of the Minneapolis Tribune 

(originally printed in Cartoons magazine, February 1913)

The experience of years has gained for Perry J. Carter, of the Minneapolis Tribune, a place among the best known cartoonists of the United States. For years his cartoons have been extensively copied in other newspapers and period­icals and as a result his work is known in all parts of the country.

''A very smart craftsman" is the terse but complimentary characterization of Mr. Carter made by the late W. T. Stead, while Dr. Albert Shaw, in an issue of the Re­view of Reviews, termed Mr. Carter's cartoons for that month "of higher average merit than those of any other cartoonist at home or abroad."

Mr. Carter's home is in the great northwest, where his name is a household word in thousands of homes. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, but no one has as yet succeeded in convincing him that there is a better place to live than Minneapolis and he has, so far, refused to avail himself of good opportunities in larger cities.

Mr. Carter was born in Ohio and gained his first newspaper experience in the humble capacity of "devil" in the village print shop where he worked when not in school. Having started in the newspaper profession he progressed along the inky way of printer and reporter until he finally was able to go to Chicago to study in the classes of the Art Institute.

When he again took up newspaper work it was as a sketch artist, and it was at this stage of his career that he drifted to Minneapolis and joined the staff of the Minneapolis Times. Later he moved across the Mississippi river and became the cartoonist of the St. Paul Globe. He remained with the Globe for a year and then returned to the Minneapolis Times. He returned to the Times as its cartoonist and also provided the material for the comic supplement color pages for five years. He was induced to leave the Times and go to the Minneapolis Tribune, and he is now in his fifth year as cartoonist for the Tribune.

The keystone of his methods in cartoon making is that he combines an up-to-date quality of conception and treatment with the elements that made the cartoons of yesterday popular and effective. This happy combination is evident to even the most casual observer of his work, and, by his skillful blending of the old and the new he has maintained a popularity that is visibly increasing with each succeeding year.

Mr. Carter is a firm believer in the humorous style of cartoon being a medium for good. He delights in humorous drawing and while he is the author of some very pointed cartoons a malicious sting has never been found concealed in any one of them.

Mr. Carter is well known in the west, not alone as a cartoonist, but also as an en­tertainer. As the popularity of his cartoons grew there came an increasing demand from various parts of the northwest that he appear in the role of cartoonist-enter­tainer. He finally decided to attempt this, and for several years has been giving "chalk talks," using colored crayons in his work before a large easel.


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