Tuesday, December 14, 2010


News of Yore: More E&P Mystery Features

Here's another few short articles from Editor & Publisher, each of which discusses a feature I've so far been unable to locate. Have you seen any of them?

4/13/29 - Bell Syndicate, Inc. has started a new daily continuity strip, called "Tark." It is drawn by Aslan Bey and the continuity is written by J. Kenneth Jovey. The central character is a detective.

3/22/30 - A local cartoon strip, done by Dennis McCarthy, has been added to the San Francisco News. Each day, McCarthy interviews some prominent San Franciscan and tells the story in a picture strip.

9/26/36 - (Hopkins Syndicate ad) -- Pictur-Grams are a new kind of cartoons. Here are cartoons that not only produce laughs but have a definite educational value -- build vocabulary. Johnny Stork with his simple wisecracks is always corrected by Sammy Bear who knows the right word for everything. Their remarks greatly enliven this entirely new type of gag-cartoons, securing reader interest for the whole family. (The sample cartoon was credited to 'Eisenzoph')

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A Google search located a book, "Scripps-Howard News: Volumes 3-4", which was published in 1929, according to the search information. Searching within the book, the year 1929 is mentioned 21 times, and 1930 is mentioned 11 times. Examining the snippets of text involving 1930 show that the events were from the past. So the book contains material published in 1929 and 1930.

"San Francisco News" is mentioned 44 times. And there is this line:

Pen and ink sketches of persons off the regular news paths form
an interesting series of human interest stories that Dennis McCarthy
is doing for the News.

The feature did exist but only in the San Francisco News.

by Alex Jay
Can't let Alex have all the fun.
Fred Eisenzoph (Frederick Michael Eisenzoph) was born in MIchigan November 22, 1905. He seems to have spent his adult life in Chicago where he died on October 14, 1969. In the 1930 Chicago census he lists his occupation as commercial artist.
The puts him just a hundred miles north of the Hopkins Syndicate homen=base of Mellott, Indiana.
Couldn't find a Pictur-Grams sample though.
Hi Alex --
I don't doubt that there was such a feature, but it can't be ticked off the mystery list until I see samples. SF News has been added to my research list for the next Library of Congress trip (that list is getting loooooong) but thought I'd throw it out there just in case someone's holding a sample.

Best, Allan
A Google search found an Eisenzoph cartoon, "The Cartoonist looks in on a 'quota setting' ", in the April 1928 issue of The Magazine of Business.

Eisenzoph drew cartoons for the book, Behave Yourself, which was published by J.B Lippincott in the mid-1930s.

He married Mildred V. Birch in Chicago on August 5, 1933.

His obituary from the Chicago Tribune, October 16, 1969:

Services for Fred Eisenzoph, 63, of 4926 N. Mozart st., will be held at 11 a. m. today in the chapel at 5303 N. Western av, Mr. Eisenzoph, who was art director for Science and Mechanics magazine for 25 years before entering semi-retirement five years ago, died Tuesday in Edgewater hospital. He had been hospitalized since he fell in his home three months ago. Mr. Eisenzoph worked part-time as a commercial artist for Opportunity magazine and a syndicated columnist after he left Science and Mechanics and before he retired two years ago. Survivors include his widow, Mildred; two daughters, Mrs. Johanna Benson and Mrs. Gail Bush; a brother; and two grandchildren.
I am Fred Eisenzoph's great granddaughter. Granddaughter of Johanna Benson. It has been interesting researching his history. I knew my great grandmother, Mildred "Milly" but I was young when she passed so I don't know much about great grandpa Fred. Thanks for the posts! -Abby Strack
Message me on Facebook if you know where I can find more info about Fred. Thanks! -Abby Strack
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