Saturday, November 07, 2015
Tuesday, October 20 1908 -- Samuel Gompers, famed labor leader and liberal activist, is demonized by the Republicans, who say he is a hypocrite. Seems that his magazine, The Federationist, accepted a couple of advertisements from a Standard Oil subsidiary. This, says the Republicans, was his way of accepting bribes from Rockefeller.As far as I can tell, this argument, which seems like a pretty far stretch, gained no traction among Gompers' admirers.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, November 06, 2015
Walt McDougall's This is the Life: Chapter Three Part Two
This is the Life!
Chapter Three -- Living By One's Wits (Part 2)
Labels: McDougall's This Is The Life
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Tim Early
J. Vincent “Tim” Early was born John Vinton Early in Richmond, Indiana, on July 8, 1889. Early’s birth information was on his World War I draft card.
Early and his younger brother, Robert, were the sons of Edward and Jennie. In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, his father was not home during the enumeration. The family resided in Denver, Colorado at 1329 Lafayette Street. At some point they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Early’s father worked in the steel industry.
In the 1910 census, Early, an artist working at home, and his brother resided in Pittsburgh at 1043 Murray Hill Avenue. Listed as their parents were George Early, a lawyer, and Cora. The status and whereabouts of Early’s biological parents is not known.
The New York Times, October 7, 1925, said Early studied art at the Stevenson Art Institute in Pittsburgh and was on the art staff of the Pittsburgh Dispatch.
Early signed his World War I draft card on June 5, 1917. His Pittsburgh address was unchanged. He worked as a freelance artist who was described as tall and medium build with blue eyes and light colored hair. After his service, Early moved to New York City.
In 1918, Early’s illustrations of women appeared in Sunday newspapers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) and The Daily Ardmoreite (Oklahoma).
Early wrote about and drew himself in Editor & Publisher, December 25, 1919.
On August 1, 1921, Early married Juanita Hamel whose marriage was recorded in the New York, New York Marriage Index at Ancestry.com. Their marriage was reported in the Fourth Estate, August 13, 1921:
Newspaper Illustrator Is Bride of Comic Artist.
Miss Juanita Hamel, whose illustrations appear in about 200 newspapers throughout the country, and J. Vincent (“Tim”) Early, well known comic artist, were married on August 1 in the Little Church Around the Corner, New York. Mr. Early, before coming to New York, was on the staff of the Pittsburg Dispatch. The marriage of the artist and illustrator is the result of a romance which began in the office of the King Features Syndicate, where both have worked side by side for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Early are motoring through the Canadian Rockies.Early drew Samson and Delia from August 18, 1924 into 1924; he was the writer from August 18, 1924 to October 18, 1924. Early may have dropped out due to ill health; the Times said he had heart problems. American Newspaper Comics said Paul Robinson took over the art and H.C. Wilwer did the writing. The strip ended in May 1925.
Early and Hamel visited Cuba in early 1925. They returned to Key West, Florida on February 19, 1925. The passenger list recorded the couple as “Early Juanita” and “Early John V”.
Early passed away October 6, 1925, in New York City. The New York Evening Post, October 7, 1925, reported his death.
Funeral services for John Vinton Early will be held at 4 o’clock this afternoon in the chapel of the Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, 1 West Forty-eighth street. Mr. Early, a newspaper artist for years, died at his home at 33 West Eighth street, from heart disease.
He was born in Richmond, Ind., the son of Edward P. Early, then associated with William E. Leeds and Daniel G. Reid in the steel industry. He studied art in Pittsburgh and his first newspaper work was on the art staff of the Pittsburgh Dispatch. He is survived by his wife and a brother. Interment will be in Mount Hill Cemetery, Eaton, O.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Obscurity of the Day: The Geevum Girls
Above is the only sample I have in my collection of The Geevum Girls. Luckily, you can see a nice batch of examples over at Barnacle Press.
The strip was about the Geevum family, but focused mainly on the teenage sisters, one gorgeous, the other plain. An odd conceit of the strip is that the Geevum sisters were never named, which was a pretty tough trick but rather pointless. The strip is mostly a string of slapstick gags, but occasionally a continuing storyline spiced things up a bit.
It is appropriate to be checking this strip out right now, as it is an early entry from Hearst's King Features Syndicate, which is this year celebrating their hundredth anniversary. King, of course, is now probably the largest syndicate in the world. When King Features was created in 1915, though, it did not initially focus on comics, and those that it did start carrying in the 1910s were lesser features, sold on the cheap to less affluent newspapers. The Geevum Girls, which began in or slightly before July 1919, for instance, ran in no major papers that I know of, but could be found in quite a few suburban newspapers who were unable to get better material because they were frozen out by exclusivity agreements. The King Features juggernaut that handled all of Hearst's comic strip properties, the one we have come to know, didn't really come into existence until the early 1930s when Hearst's various syndicates started to finally consolidate under that banner.
As best I can tell, The Geevum Girls probably expired on or slightly after July 17 1920, which would make the run a nice even year long. Although it was probably missed by no one, the plates were evidently sold off to one of the reprint syndicates, and you can find it re-running in small papers starting in 1924 and as late as 1935. The clothing and topical gags would have looked utterly ridiculous by then, but hey, never mind!
Creator Tim Early had a knack for making stale old gags seem almost fresh, and his cartooning was naive but energetic, but he never did another strip that I know of. He did occasionally contribute to one of Hearst's multi-creator romantic cartoon features.
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Ink-Slinger profiles by Alex Jay: Roland Coe
In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Coe lived with his parents and paternal grandmother in Chicago, Illinois at114 East Ohio Street. His father was a painter for an advertising company. According to the family tree, Coe’s father died in 1918.
In The Saturday Evening Post, February 2, 1944, Coe said. “I was born in Havana, Illinois, a town of some 4000 inhabitants on the east bank of the Illinois River. Showboats docked at the foot of Bridge Street several times every summer, and when I was twelve years old I fooled around with the trap drummer’s equipment on the same boat, the Golden Eagle, during the intermissions between dances on an excursion trip to Peoria.”
The 1920 census recorded Coe, his sister and mother in her brother’s household in Havana, Illinois at 429 South Pear Street. Coe’s mother married William Mansfield who moved the family to Hamburg, New York.
At age fifteen, Coe contributed cartoons to the Buffalo Times and Buffalo Evening News.
The Erie County Independent (Hamburg, New York), September 11, 1924, said: “The senior class of the high school met last week and elected these officers: President, Roland Coe; vice-president, Ruth O’Day; secretary, Helen Foote; treasurer, Sidney McAllister.”
Coe returned to his alma mater to speak about cartooning. The Independent, May 31, 1928, carried the report by Evelyn Kappus, class of 1929.
Beginning in 1928, Coe was a regular contributor to the monthly, Town Tidings, the Magazine of Western New York.Addresses ClubFriday afternoon Mr. Roland Coe, former cartoonist for the Buffalo Evening News, spoke to the newspaper club.
He said, “There are several kinds of cartoonists. Among these, the new political cartoonist is not readily considered because of the experts in that field. The human interest cartoonist is jumping to high honors. Unless one has shown ability to dramatize humorous situations or visualize ideas strongly he had better not attempt this branch of newspaper work.
The Chicago Tribune takes the lead in this line with about fifteen cartoonists of national reputation and many others of promising ability. Their work is done several months in advance and sent to the different parts of the county so that it will appear everywhere at the same time.
Mr. Coe expects to go to Chicago soon to continue his work.
According to the 1930 census, Coe resided in Hamburg, New York at 201 Scranton Road. His step-father was a laborer for a steel company; his mother and sister were unemployed. Coe was an artist with an advertising agency.
Coe was a member of the Artists’ Guild of Buffalo which held exhibitions. The Buffalo Courier-Express (New York), October 19, 1930, reported the upcoming show.
The Courier-Express, May 1, 1932, said Coe was chosen to illustrate Edwin K. Gross’s novel, Samuel Wilkeson’s Buffalo, “the first fiction treatment of an episode in the history of this city.”Buffalo Guild Plans Display of Creations
Greater Buffalo Advertising Club assists in exhibition to be held this week
The second annual exhibition of commercial art given by the Artists’ Guild of Buffalo in conjunction with the Greater Buffalo Advertising Club, will be held at the Sutler Tuesday to Thursday.
The exhibit will comprise work in all mediums for both newspaper and magazine advertising, and will form a representative display of art available m Buffalo to advertisers and those Interested in the graphic arts. Gordon Aymar, advertising art director of New York, will view the work in order to compare it with that produced in other cities.
American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Coe’s cartoon, Crosstown, ran from July 9, 1934 to October 3, 1953.
The Independent, January 24, 1935, noted two examples of the success with roots in the high school yearbook.
Several years ago Dan Van Pelt, upon being given a camera for Christmas, undertook the position of photographic editor. He did such an excellent job—that he took up the work after leaving high school and he is now assistant to the photography teacher at Seneca Vocational School in Buffalo.The September 19, 1935 edition of the Independent highlighted this item:
Then there is also the story of Roland Coe, the Hamburg boy who drew such excellent cartoons for the yearbook of 1925. He continued along the same line and is now drawing for “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Colliers”.
It may, therefore, be seen that the annual occupies a well-recognized position in the school curriculum and acts also as a medium for better acquainting the community with the workings of the school.
The Courier-Express, January 3, 1937, covered Coe’s guild presidency.Winchell Praises CoeIn his column of Sept. 14, Walter Winchell discussed the successes of cartoonists and caricaturists. Among those to whom he gave praise was Roland Coe of Hamburg and New York City.
“Roland Coe is a cripple, and his success story is a record of surmounting innumerable obstacles,” Mr. Winchell wrote.
The Springfield Union said Coe married Doris Judd on July 5, 1937 in Buffalo.Artist Leader
Roland Coe Heads Guild
Former Buffalo artist first president of cartoonistsWe have with us all kinds from John L. Lewis, champion of industrial unions to Robert Montgomery who captains the glamorous hosts of Hollywood in the Screen Guild. Now a new leader arises, Roland Coe, former Buffalo newspaper cartoonist, to fight the battles of his brother artists as first president of the Cartoonist Guild of America.
March, 1936, in New York City, seven men, headed by Mr. Coe, organized to force from national magazines a minimums price per drawing, second rights, and payment o n acceptance. Growing from seven to several hundred in nine months the membership includes well-known men like Sidney Hoff, Frank Owen, William Gropper, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Ned Hilton, Charles Adams and Garrett Price.
So far most of the editors have signed the Guild contract agreeing among other things to a minimum price per drawing and of the guild.
The 1940 census said newspaper cartoonist Coe, his wife and newborn son, Peter, resided in Mount Vernon, New York. The Saturday Evening Post said Coe moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1942.
“Since I started drawing the Little Scouts cartoons for the Post,” he says, “I’ve had the opportunity of becoming more or less active in scouting again. I’m one of the committeemen of Troop 502 in South Amherst…
When he was a kid himself, Roland Coe was a member of the Lone Scouts—later merged with the Boy Scouts—an organization founded by W. D. Boyce, a Chicago publisher. Mr. Boyce published the magazine, Lone Scout, for boys, and later, boys ran and edited it, with a little adult supervision. Mr. Coe did his first cartoons for this lively publication.During the mid-1940s, according to American Newspaper Comics, Coe produced advertising comics for Wheaties, and Nabisco Shredded Wheat which was called His Nibs. (more samples here.
Coe passed away February 21, 1954, in Amherst, Massachusetts. His death was reported the following day in the Springfield Union:
Coe was buried at South Amherst Cemetery.Roland R. Coe, Cartoonist, Dies in So. Amherst
Creator of ‘Little Scouts’ Succumbs to Heart AttackAmherst, Feb. 21—Roland R. Coe, 47, nationally known cartoonist and creator of such cartoons as “Little Scouts” and “Crosstown,” died suddenly this morning at his home in Middle St., South Amherst, following a heart attack.
Illinois NativeHe was born in Havana, Ill., May 24, 1906, and graduated from the Hamburg High School at Hamburg, N.Y.
From 1937 to 1942 he was associated with The New York Post and made his home at Westchester, N.Y.
In 1942, he came here where he had been prominent in civic affairs, especially in the work of the Boy Scouts for which he has been nationally honored.
His cartoons, “Little Scout,” have appeared regularly in Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post.
He was a member and former trustee of the South Congregational Church. He was also a member of the National Cartoonists’ Society.
He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Doris Judd, whom he married at Buffalo, N.Y., on July 5, 1937. He also leaves three sons, Peter, Stephen, and Norman Coe, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Winslow Mansfield of South Amherst and a sister, Mrs. James Stanton of Avondale, Ariz.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the South Congregational Church in charge of the Douglass funeral home. Rev. Arnold Kenseth, pastor of the church and Rev. Louis Toppan of Bristol, N.H., a former pastor, will officiate.
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Monday, November 02, 2015
Advertising Strips: His Nibs
Roland Coe had a long and prosperous career as a magazine gag cartoonist, which Alex Jay will discuss here tomorrow, but he also did newspaper work. His daily panel Crosstown ran for two decades, but never appeared in a lot of papers. He is much better remembered, strangely enough, for a rather bland advertising strip that only appeared for about four years.
His Nibs, about a young Nabisco Shredded Wheat junkie, is pretty thin stuff. The kid is utterly whacko for those giant cereal pillows, and hilarity ensues. Well, not really, but that's the idea.
The series began in the form of black and white weekday ads like the above, starting around March 1945. Only about 15 to 20 different strips seem to have been created in this format, but they ran for about a year, off and on, with some layoffs between Nabisco ad buys, and some strips getting repeat appearances. Later in 1945, a Sunday series was added to go into colored comics sections, and those seem to have kept appearing well into 1948. You can see lots of examples of the Sunday series over on Ger Appeldoorn's blog.
To give you an idea of His Nibs popularity, you can actually find news stories in some papers announcing the return of the strip after a hiatus. That could just be clever marketing, of course, but another indicator is that the term "his nibs" pops up EVERYWHERE during and for awhile after this series, whereas before the term was not as commonplace (here's an etymology that has it going back centuries).
Those of you not immersed in everything yesteryear may not be familiar with the term. Think of someone in an office sarcastically saying in regard to their boss, "His highness would like to see us all in the conference room." Now just substitute "his nibs" for "his highness" and you understand the usage perfectly. When used in regard to a kid, there can be an element of affectionate joshing, though I think that slightly different meaning may trace directly to these shredded wheat ads, in which the kid is not portrayed as self-important or acting privileged.
The other thing that caught my eye about these ads (as I looked around in vain for something more entertaining than the punchlines) is that shredded wheat is termed "the original Niagara Falls product." What's the deal with that, I wondered? A quick Google later, and I had the answer. Shredded Wheat was originally manufactured in a somewhat famous plant at Niagara Falls called the Natural Food Conservancy. Check out this interesting history.
Labels: Advertising Strips
Sunday, November 01, 2015
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics