Monday, February 06, 2012
Obscurity of the Day: Do's and Don'ts
In any case, whether 'Stann Pat' is Tapley or not, it's an interesting feature. Black papers made a habit of trying to 'improve the race' with both cartoon and prose admonishments about good behavior. The case was made over and over in the pages of the black press that the race would more quickly gain the respect and rights they wanted if they had good manners and behaved well in public. Do's and Don'ts was one of a handful of cartoon features that tried to drive this message home.
Do's and Don'ts was syndicated by Continental Features and the earliest appearance I find is August 30 1943 in the Atlanta World. The feature appears sporadically (and most likely late) in its pages until 1948. A very similar feature, also bylined by Stann Pat, was Your Public Conduct; it ran for a few months in 1944 -- it may just be an alternate title for Do's and Don'ts.