Saturday, September 10, 2016


Herriman Saturday

December 11, 1908 -- Herriman comments in a well-conceived cartoon that L.A., traditionally thought of as a minor California city compared to San Francisco, is now a force to be reckoned with in the Golden State.


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Friday, September 09, 2016


Wish You Were Here, From Outcault

This Friday's postcard is by R.F. Outcault, features his famous characters Buster Brown and Tige, and is copyright 1909 by the Raphael Tuck and Sons Co.

Although this is the size and uses the cardboard stock of a postcard, it may not technically be one. As you can see, it is meant to be given as a valentine, and the back is completely blank. Sad that this card did not have a chance to make some little lovelorn boy or girl's day.


These were postcards AND valentines, Allan. Pre-1907 postcards had undivided backs and this set dates from 1904. —Denis
I have one Printed by Raphael Tuck UK ~ artist ~ R.F. Outcault ~ divided back posted Palestine TX Feb 14, 1908, Receiver canceled Jacksonville TX Feb 15, 1908
Scan front & back available if required

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Thursday, September 08, 2016


Obscurity of the Day: Mrs. Wiggins's Husband

The great F.M. Howarth really knew how to draw a great battle-axe, but for some reason he wasn't too keen on this strip starring one, and dropped it after a mere two episodes. Granted, the gag here in this episode of Mrs. Wiggins's Husband is about as flat as the sheet of newsprint it was printed on, but with Howarth it was really all about the drawing, anyway. A good gag could only be seen as a nice bonus.

Mrs. Wiggins's Husband made its debut appearance on December 14 1903 in the New York American, and ended a week later with the second episode, on December 21.


Yeesh!! This guy makes Caspar Milquetoast look like John Wayne...
If there are only two episodes, why not post both of them?
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: C.J. Taylor

Charles Jay Taylor was born in New York, New York, on August 11, 1855, according to Who’s Who in New York City and State (1907) and Who’s Who in America (1911). However, Herringshaw’s American Blue-Book of Biography (1914) has the birth year 1865. A profile in the St. Landry Democrat (Opelousas, Louisiana), June 4, 1887, had 1851 as the birth year. And Taylor’s birth year was 1858 on his death certificate.

Taylor has not yet been found in the 1860 to 1900 U.S. Federal Censuses. Who’s Who in New York City and State said Taylor’s parents were Charles John Jay and Margaret. Who’s Who in America had the names as Charles John and Elizabeth (MacDonald), and said Taylor attended New York public schools. Taylor was listed as an artist, at 1004 Fourth Avenue, in Trow’s New York City Directory, 1881.

Taylor’s higher education, art training and employment, as of 1887, were told in the St. Landry Democrat.
C. J. Taylor, who has been doing so much work on Puck during the past year, was born in New York city August 11, 1851. In 1869 he went to Harper’s as an apprentice. At the end of nine months the firm, of which Fletcher Harper was at that time the guiding spirit, wished to make a contract with him for three years. Before Mr. Taylor went to Harper’s he took lessons from Emanuel Leutze, who painted ‘Washington crossing the Delaware.’ He was admitted to the Academy of Design in the fall of 1869. After studying there about three years, he began to paint figures in still life, which he tried to sell at auction, but found that sort of life precarious. While engaged in his Bohemian work he took lessons from Eastman Johnson, the painter of “The Old Kentucky Home.” At that time, Mr. Taylor says, he was too poor to pursue his art education; but, having a studio in the University building, where Mr. Johnson was established, the latter kindly took an interest in him and instructed him in colors and painting, as well as criticising [sic] his work. During this period Mr. Taylor painted hundreds of landscape pictures in oil, which he sold to dealers and at auction. When the Graphic was established in 1873 he joined its staff and began to draw cartoons and do general work. His first cartoon was a picture of a paper building, with small outline pictures, explanatory of the subject, and figures of the directors of the Industrial Exhibition scheme throwing dust in the people's eyes. He thought cartooning would be an immense success, and deemed it a good plan to acquire a store of varied knowledge and to discipline his mind; so, in 1873, he entered Columbia Law School. During the first year he continued to draw for the Graphic; but as the strain was too severe and he wished to obtain a degree, he resigned from that paper and devoted the whole of 1871 to the study of law. He received his diploma in May, 1874, and, at the first alumni meeting, a few weeks later, he was elected secretary. Wm. Walter Phelps was chosen alumni orator at the same time. Mr. Taylor had as classmates at Columbia Law School Robert Bay Hamilton, a member of the New York Assembly for three terms; Hugh Reily, now district attorney of Albany, N. Y.; Wm. C. Gulliver, one of the directors of the new Madison-square Garden scheme, and a brother of Theodore Roosevelt, the latter being then in the junior class, as was also Wm. Waldorf Astor, ex-minister to Italy. After leaving the law school Mr. Taylor formed a legal firm, in company with Edward Nicoll and Adam E. Schatz; but he withdrew after six months and returned to the Graphic, where he remained until 1882, when he took a studio and did general work, which he exhibited at the exhibitions. After leaving the Graphic Mr. Taylor was elected a member of the Salmagundi Club and American Black and White Society. He continued to work for himself until April, 1886, when he joined the staff of Puck. Last summer, in company with Julian Ralph, he “did” the fashionable seaside resorts for the Sunday Sun. The full-page accounts were very exhaustive, and three days were devoted to each place. While the sketches were rough and hurriedly executed, Mr. Taylor says they were true to life. In appearance Taylor is the beau-ideal of an artist. He is six feet in height; has a large head and a very long one, which is covered with bushy hair, slightly tinged with gray. His nose is large and rather pointed, and he wars a medium mustache and side-whiskers. He is married and has two children. His home is in East Orange, N. J., where he has resided in his own house for five years. He is a steady worker, and even works five nights out of the seven.
According to the New York, New York, Marriage Index, Taylor married Mary Adelaide Levison, of New York, February 23, 1876. Who’s Who in New York City and State had her maiden name as Lewson.

The New York Evening World, May 18, 1888, reported the formation of the Fellowcraft Club “to unite, for purposes of social intercourse, the artists and men who contribute to the periodical literature of the day.” Taylor was elected vice-president.

Some of the books Taylor illustrated include The Tailor-Made Girl, Her Friends, Her Fashions and Her Follies (1888), In the 400 and Out (1889) and Three Operettas (1897).

Munsey's Magazine 2/1894

American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Taylor produced Half-Back Harold and Simple Sibyl, from March 22 to May 10, 1903, for the New York Herald. Taylor’s The Gentle Citizen appeared in the New York Tribune from April 6 to July 20, 1902.

According to the 1910 census, Taylor, his wife Mary, and daughters Adelaide and Virginia resided in South Orange, New Jersey, at 426 Centre Street. Taylor’s occupation was self-employed portrait artist. Who’s Who in America had an additional address for Taylor at 16 Gramercy Park in New York City.

The Pittsburgh Gazette Times (Pennsylvania), August 30, 1911, reported that Taylor accepted the position of director of the department of illustrating of the Carnegie Technical Schools in Pittsburgh.

Taylor’s participation as a member of the committee for Pennsylvania and the south Atlantic States advisory to the department of fine arts of the Panama-Pacific Exposition was reported in the New York Sun, September 6, 1913. Taylor’s exposition paintings for the Pennsylvania State Building were published in The Upholsterer, August 15, 1915, on pages 64, 65 and 66

In the 1920 census Taylor was a widower whose daughter, Adelaide, lived with him at 713 College in Pittsburgh.

Taylor passed away January 18, 1929, in Pittsburgh. His death was covered in an early 1929 issue of Carnegie Magazine.

Into the Shadows
Charles Jay Taylor, head of the Painting and Decoration Department in the College of Fine Arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, died from pneumonia on January 18. 
Eighteen years ago Mr. Taylor came to Tech, and from the beginning he was one of the most picturesque figures on the campus—full of gentle dignity and quiet charm. His students early felt the force of his personality. The college community not only respected him as an artist and teacher, but they loved him as a man. His loyalty to Carnegie Tech was shown in his intense interest in all campus activities, and in the fact that the Carnegie Alma Mater song is his composition.

Mr. Taylor occupied a definite place in the field of art and was nationally known as an illustrator and a painter. In the earlier days of his career he lent his talents to black and white and he was one of the best illustrators of the gay-nineties’ miss, as shown by his famous Taylor-made Girl, who was perhaps a harbinger of the later Gibson Girl. N. C. Bunner’s “Short Sixes” and “More Short Sixes,” which first appeared in “Puck,” are probably the most familiar of the sketches which he illustrated. He did these with such interpretive sympathy that he shared honor with Bunner. Those who studied under him caught him sometimes in a reminiscent mood, and then it was that they delighted in his personal recollections of Mark Twain, Phil May, Brander Matthews, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Albert Bigelow, Charles Dana Gibson, Edwin Abbey, Edward Redfield, Robert Henri, and many others. [missing text]...
the genial Gardener and the spirit which prompted his creation. Not long before his death he suggested that he had in process some new views of the Garden in a different season and a different mood.

—Alex Jay


Charles Jay Taylor was my grandfathers uncle.
His wife was Elizabeth Loughlin.
It was wonderful reading the various articles.
I have many of his pen and inks and oils.
Charlene Lehmann
Would anyone know whether Charles Jay Taylor is the same person as the artist who signed his landscape paintings as Jay C Taylor? And if so, do you know why he used different versions of his name? I have wondered about this but never found a way to pin in down.
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Obscurity of the Day: Deacon Smart

Here's a very short-lived series from the pioneering daily comics page of the Chicago Daily News. Deacon Smart by Roy W. Taylor only ran for three 'official' episodes, though an unnamed character who looked like him was sometimes used in earlier Taylor efforts. He's your typical hayseed character with a big twist -- he outsmarts the city slickers.

The series ran for those three episodes between March 15 and April 23 1902, and Cole Johnson managed to supply scans for two of the three.


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Monday, September 05, 2016


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Jimmy Caborn

James D. “Jimmy” Caborn was born in North Carolina on July 8, 1909. Caborn’s birthplace was noted in censuses and military records which also had his birth date.

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Caborn was ten months old and part of Swartz household which included his maternal grandparents, an uncle and two aunts. Caborn’s father was a “commercial traveler”. The status and whereabouts of Caborn’s mother, who was born in Pennsylvania, is not known.

Caborn was a resident of Fremont, Ohio in the 1920 census. His father had remarried to Josephine, an Ohio native. The head of the household was Victoria Swope, the mother of Josephine and Nellie. They all lived at 201 West State Street.

Caborn was a radio bug. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio), December 2, 1923, said:

James. D. Caborn, jr., of Fremont, listed seventy-five different broadcasting stations in ten days, using a single-circuit regenerative set with a WD12 tube. He received a number of stations seldom heard in northern Ohio, among them WEAE, Blacksburg, Va.; WMAF, Dartmouth, Mass.; WBT, Charlotte, N.C.; WNAV, Knoxville, Tenn.; WPAH, Waupaca, Wis.
Caborn attended and graduated from Ross High School in 1928.

The Croghan

The Caborns and Nellie resided at 212 Sandusky Avenue in Fremont, according to the 1930 census. Caborn was a freelance commercial artist. The Sandusky Register (Ohio), February 8, 1955, said Caborn “did sports cartooning for The Sandusky Register.”

American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Caborn’s Little Rodney debuted May 10, 1935. His next series was called Front Seats.

The Plain Dealer said freelance cartoonist Caborn married Lucille Platt. The couple were recorded in the 1940 census at 310 1/2 Croghan in Fremont. They were the same age and completed four years of high school. Caborn joined the Plain Dealer in 1942.

In 1943, Caborn’s son, Rodney, was born. Caborn left the Plain Dealer and enlisted in the Army on November 1, 1943.

Regarding Caborn’s Army service, the Plain Dealer said:

…after six months training he was sent to New Caledonia with the South Pacific Base Command.

He was put on the staff go the Southwest Pacific Daily News, an Army newspaper, as a cartoonist, and later was assigned to draw cartoons for the Manila Daily Pacific. After the occupation of Japan he became a cartoonist for the Stars and Stripes in Tokyo.

Discharged from the service March 18, 1946, Mr. Caborn returned to his Plain Dealer drawing board. A year later he left the paper to do free-lance work.
Caborn’s cartoons appeared in Collier’s, the Saturday Evening Post and other national magazines.

Caborn passed away February 7, 1955, in Cleveland. His death was attributed to lung cancer. At the time, he lived at 10600 Clifton Road N.W. Caborn was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery. The last Little Rodney panel was published on February 20, 1955.

—Alex Jay


The end date of the strip Bucks McKale by E.B.Sullivan/ Sullie. I have found the strip through September 12, 1943 in the Boston Post.
A letter from Frank G. Hinman of August 5. 1943 of the Chicago Tribune to S/Stg E. B. Sullivan says he has received the Bucks McKale comics for October 10 & October 17th and that was the last ones they can use. He goes on to say they are dropping features all through the paper due to government restrictions on paper.
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