Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: H.R. McBride
Mr. McBride has been a cartoonist for about two years. He commenced with the Newspaper Enterprise Association in Cleveland. His cartoons were along the more serious lines—you wouldn’t think so from the one above—and were printed in all of the newspapers that comprise that Association. He developed something entirely new—a setting in the form of wiggly lines that was extremely attractive, and that held the attention of all who followed his work. He came to New York about six months ago, where he is freelancing. He has contributed to a number of the newspapers and magazines, along the line which he so successfully followed in Cleveland.
It was in 1915 that McBride learned to know what the phrase “struggling artist” means. He was 22 then, and had come to Cleveland from his home on a farm near Mansfield, O., with the hope of “catching on” some place where he could foster his ambition to draw. For a month he worked in a restaurant at $12 a week. Then he found a place in the art department of a local bag company.His first job as a newspaper cartoonist was with the Newspaper Enterprise Association, where he illustrated jokes and drew an occasional cartoon for a salary of $10 a week.“I can’t draw very well but I’ve got to have a job” was the easy he applied, and it was the utter sincerity of this appeal which won him a place, according to the man who hired him.After a year and a half with the N. E. A., McBride came to New York.“Life was hard—I didn’t know a soul when I came and I was timid about going after work and charging for it after I got it,” he says. “Editor & Publisher gave me my first work in New York. I was drafted into the army after 6 months and spent 15 months in the army, 8 of them as art director of Air Scout, an air service publication.”
Another man who visited the Julia Richman High School was Hubbell Reed McBride, an artist. He had a roll of posters that he had drawn appealing to young men to go into the army or navy. He said he thought he could be of more service to the nation as an artist than as a soldier. Being told that the prescribed industrial exemptions did not fit his case he wrote on a blank form, “I am opposed to the taking of human life.”
Hubbell Reed McBride, who draws recruiting cartoons that sound the call to the colors as loud as any bugle, but told Board 154 he had scruples against personal participation in violent exercise on the battlefield, has suffered a chance of heart. He stopped in at the board’s headquarters long enough yesterday to withdraw his exemption claim and ask the way to the nearest naval recruiting station.
H. R. McBride, the cartoonist, whose work has frequently appeared in the columns of The Editor and Publisher, and who is now a private in the aviation section of the Signal Corps, is the staff artist of the Air Scout, the official organ of the Aeronautical Camp at Garden City. McBride’s pen has lost none of its power, and the pages of the Air Scout are enlivened by many examples of his distinctive work.
McBRIDE (Hubbell Reed) [6233, 6234 © Feb. 1, 1921; 2 c. Feb. 4, 1921; Announcing the arrival of a new daily comic, The Ark age. 7 l., illus. 48mo. © Dec. 31, 1920; 2 c. and off. Jan. 3, 1921; off. Jan. 20, 1921; A 607823.Ark age. 7 l., illus. Obl. 48mo. © Dec. 31, 1920; 2 c. and aff. Jan. 3, 1921; aff. Jan. 20, 1921; A 607824.© Pen-art service, inc., New York.
Today McBride “has arrived” as they say. He has perfected an individual style. His drawing are widely known. He is a consistent contributor to Life and other publications. In his spare time he is completing a series of 36 figures of President Roosevelt—pen drawings—which he says will be the best serious work he has yet done. … https://www.loc.gov/resource/ppmsca.36101/… McBride will draw cartoons for the new Macfadden evening tabloid to be launched in New York soon.
McBride Murals Add Color To Trans-Texas TheatresH. R. McBride, famous for his outdoor murals which decorate screens from Odessa to Galveston, recently completed attention-getting mural paintings for both the Burnet snd Chief drive-in theaters, two Austin houses of the Trans-Texas Theatres, Inc. His mural for the Burnet was accorded a four-column photo and story break in the Austin Stateman. Mr. Earl Podolnick, president of the circuit, advises that “The new murals, painted in gorgeous colors, are most beautiful and outstanding, and have really attracted the attention of all.” He also reports that the management has been receiving “great comments” from patrons.The stunt received wide coverage, and aided box office receipts.
Pascal, Jeanne B. Painter born in France in 1891, the daughter of Paul Pascal (qv). She came with her family to Washington, DC, in 1898 and became interested in art watching her father paint in his Washington, DC, studio. Following her father’s death in 1901 [sic], the family was poverty-stricken and she was placed in an orphan asylum. She maintained her interest in painting and finally persuaded E. C. Messner (qv) to allow her to study at the Corcoran School of Art. Like her father, she specialized in watercolor renderings of orientalist scenes, some almost indistinguishable from his. She is listed in local references until 1914.
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