Saturday, December 07, 2013
Sunday, May 10 1908 -- It is anyone's guess why the Los Angeles Examiner felt it appropriate to devote an entire color page plus additonal interior page of their Sunday magazine section to a fellow named Charles James.
Mr. James, who studied theatre at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, was, in the parlance of the day, a crank. It was his belief, for reasons none too abundantly clear, that actors should subsist on no more than a salary of $1 a day (even in 1908, this was a pretty bare-bones salary). In vague terms, this was supposed to ensure that only those actors who truly were in thrall to the muse of acting would be drawn to the profession.
James was on his way to San Francisco to drum up more support for his idea, and hopefully to open a theatre there based on his principles.As far as I know, this never happened.
Poor Herriman got tapped to make a rare color appearance in the paper illustrating this odd piece. I'd say he did well under the circumstances.
Labels: Herriman's LA Examiner Cartoons
Friday, December 06, 2013
Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase
Adam Chase strip #49, originally published May 7 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.
Labels: Adam Chase Sci-Friday
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: C.J. Budd
In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, he was the son of John and and Rosalind. They lived in Schodack where his father was a farmer. Ten years later, he was the oldest of three children and his father continued farming. In 1880, Budd and his brother William were working with their father on the farm in Schodack.
Who Was Who said Budd received his education at the Troy Conference Academy in Vermont, and Claverack College, also known as the Hudson River Institute, in New York. The dates of his attendance are not known. His art education was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, and the Art Students’ League, in New York. The Chatham Courier, (New York), July 4, 1883, noted his talent:
Charles J. Budd, a late student of the Philadelphia Art Institute, is now stopping at South Schodack, his home, and is doing some very fine work in copying pictures and photographs. We had the pleasure of seeing some of his work, and think it s as good as any we have seen in any art gallery. He will copy old photos in oil, of any size, for less than one-half the regular price.In Life magazine, May 18, 1911, Budd spoke about his education and art training: “Boarding school, college, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where, like Rockefeller, I took up oil. I entered the studio of Mr. E.B. Bensell, in 1886, and studied afterward at the Art Students’ League in New York.”
Who Was Who said Budd’s professional career began by illustrating children’s magazines and books in Philadelphia in 1885. In 1890 he moved to New York City. On October 27, 1892 he married Carrie Louise Tillapaugh.
Budd provided 25 illustrations for the story, “The Real Tom Brownson”, in Godey’s Magazine, October 1893. His association with Life magazine started in 1894 and ended in 1917.
The 1898 Trow’s Business Directory of the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, City of New York listed Budd at 41 West 22nd Street.
The 1900 census recorded Budd in East Orange, New Jersey, at 53 Hawthorne Avenue. His occupation was “illustration artist.” In the household was his wife, son Wilfred, mother-in-law and servant. He contributed over 20 illustrations to The Arnold Primer (1901).
Budd was a magazine illustrator in the 1910 census. He remained in East Orange but at a different address, 218 Grove Street. American Newspaper Comics (2012) said he drew the Sunday strip, Matts’s and May’s Matinees, for the New York Herald, from July 30 to September 24, 1911.
Budd and his family resided at the same address in the 1920 census. His occupation was artist in an art company. Apparently his son was a salesman for the company. The American Elite and Sociologist Blue Book (1922) said his studio was located at 119 East 18th Street, New York City, and he was president of the Budd Line of Art Novelties.
Budd passed away April 25, 1926, in New York City. Two days later The New York Times reported his death:
Charles J. Budd, artist and magazine illustrator, died on Sunday night in St. Luke’s after a long Illness. He was 67 years old.
Mr. Budd studied at the the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. He directed a novelty shop at 119 East Eighteenth Street and lived at 218 North Grove Street, East Orange. He was a member of the Salmagundi and Dutch Treat Clubs. Surviving him are his wife and a son, Wilbur [sic].
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Juanita Hamel
In 1910, her mother was the head of the household, a widow and self-employed milliner. They lived in Wellston, Missouri at 6219 Wells Avenue. Hamel’s college art training was mentioned in the St. Louis Reference Record (1927):
...To Washington University should be credited many, probably a majority, of St. Louis newspaper artists, past and present. I have met very few who had not been students of the St. Louis Art School, the art department of that University. A list of over one hundred artists who have worked for the local press will be found under the head of “Newspaper Artists”—see January 1. The list includes these ladies: Marie Armstrong (Mrs. Emil Mallinckrodt), Beatrice Benson (Mrs. Elmer J. Graham), Halcyon Brewer, Lillian M. Brown, Mrs. A.J. Dobbin, Fern Forester (Mrs. Frank Shay), Juanita Hamel, Martha H. Hoke, Aithra Holland, Marguerite Martyn (Mrs. Clair Kenamore), Anita Moore, Mrs. Ernest Schweppe, Helen Williams, Anne-Gene Witzig (Mrs. Joseph T. Funkhouser)….Her participation in a newspaper exhibition was covered in Cartoons Magazine, February 1916.
Press Artists’ ExhibitThe recent exhibition of the St. Louis newspaper artists at the St. Louis Press Club, which was extended because of its popularity, closed December 13, 1915. One hundred and twenty pictures were shown, including oil paintings, water colors, crayon, and pen and ink sketches. Among the artists represented were A. Russell, R.J. Bieger, Arthur L. Friedrich, George Grinham and Percy Vogt, of the Globe-Democrat; Arthur Button, Gus T. Coleman and A.B. Chapin, of the Republic; Miss Juanita Hamel and Elmer Pins, of the Times; Frederick Tuthill, of the Star, and D.R. Fitzpatrick, of the Post-Dispatch.The St. Louis (Missouri) Directory 1916 listed her address as “505 N Spring av” and occupation as artist. The St. Louis Reference Record said, “Juanita Hamel, the first lady artist of the St. Louis Times, was a student at the Washington University’s art school prior to her engagement by the paper. From the Times Miss Hamel went to a Chicago paper [around 1917], I have heard…” She produced artwork for the Chicago Herald which held the copyright. (Catalogue of Copyright Entries, 1917, Volume 14, Number 7, and 11; and Volume 15, Number 4.) Her illustrations were published in many newspapers. (Go to Google News and search, in double quotes, “by juanita hamel”.) A poster with her art is at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University Library and Archives. The Library of Congress has two of her drawings, Fashionable woman and “Mother, my fiancé”. The Fourth Estate, May 11, 1918, published the following item: “Ted Brown, cartoonist for the Chicago Daily News, won first prize in the contest for newspaper artists drawing Liberty Loan designs. C. Orr of the Tribune was second and Miss Juanita Hamel of the Herald third.”
The 1920 census and New York City Directory 1920 have her address as 23 Christopher Street; the census enumerator misspelled her last name as “Harnel”. She was a newspaper artist. On June 28, 1922, she sailed from Boulogne-sur-Mer, France and arrived in New York on July 9. Her address was 96 Grove Street. A few months later, in October, she visited Bermuda. The New York Times, January 27, 1923, reported the results of the thirteenth annual specialty show of the American Pomeranian Club, at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria: “Class 7—Novice Dogs, any solid color—Won by Juanita Hamel’s Early’s Black Bunny…” The St. Louis Reference Record said, “…[she] is now (1923) making sketches for the Newspaper Picture Service, with headquarters in New York City. A former St. Louis newspaper man, Moses Koenigsberg, recently was and perhaps still is the manager and president of that New York service company. The artist’s name, Juanita Hamel, in the Cleveland Plaindealer [sic] the other day (April 15, [sic] 1923) caught my eye and I stopped work to admire a sketch entitled ‘While He Waits.’ The picture was of a beautiful young lady primping before a mirror, putting on the final touches, as the reader is informed by the underlining below.”
During 1926 her output of illustrations slowly decreased and, by the Fall, her illustrations disappeared from the newspapers. I can find no further mention of her in the press or books. The GenForum at Genealogy.com has information saying she married “Lord Alison Fowle” and lived in Bermuda. Several passenger lists at Ancestry.com have an Allison Fowle of Bermuda who sailed to New York City. His first two trips were in September 1923 and October 1924. His next visit to New York was on June 17, 1926, for two weeks; he stayed at the Bristol Hotel. He named his father as his nearest relative. A few months later, on September 30, he was in New York on his way to Montreal. The passenger list had Mrs. A. Fowler of Bermuda as his nearest relative. There is another list with a “Juanita Fowle”, born 1897 in St. Louis, who sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda on October 9, 1926, and arrived in New York two days later. Her husband was identified as Mr. A. Fowle of Bermuda. It appears to me Hamel had married Fowle in Bermuda over the summer; news of their marriage has not been found. On the list, her New York address was 33 West 8th Street, which is about a five-minute walk to the Christopher and Grove street addresses mentioned earlier. I’m guessing she waited for her husband’s return from Montreal and then sailed home with him.
Curiously in July 1927, her next trip to New York, she was listed as an alien, a citizen of Great Britain. A few months later, in November, she returned, as a U.S. citizen, to New York and stayed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Only once did they travel together, on February 25, 1928, to the United States. During his two week visit, it appears they went to St. Louis and stayed at 4118 Ashland Avenue. Her subsequent visits alternated between New York City and St. Louis addresses. Apparently, her final U.S. visit was in August 1935.
Hamel passed away in July 1939 according to the St. Louis Dispatch, July 12, 1939.
Mrs. Allison Fowle, Former Newspaper Artist, DiesThe St. Louis Public Library’s “St. Louis Artists Files” has a file on her.
Ex-St. Louisan, Who Was Miss Juanita Hamel Before Her Marriage, Succumbs to Bermuda
Mrs. Allison Fowle, the former Miss Juanita Hamel of St. Louis, once a newspaper artist, died yesterday of a cerebral hemorrhage at her home in Hamilton, Bermuda. She was 42 years old. After studying art at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and in Chicago, she began drawing for newspapers in St. Louis. Later her work was syndicated. Following an illness in New York, she moved to Bermuda 10 years ago. There she met and married Fowle, who is in the shipping business. Her mother, Mrs. Lucille Hamel Craven, lives at 4336 Olive street. Two brothers also survive. The funeral will be in Hamilton.
Hamel’s husband fought in World War II. The Royal Gazette Online said, “…A number of men of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps went for duty with the Lincolnshire Regiment….A later contingent crossed the English Channel to join the late 1944 push from France into Germany. In late August, the first to be lost was Allison William Bluck Fowle, buried at Calvados, France….”
Labels: Ink-Slinger Profiles
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
News of Yore 1969: New Panel Pokes Fun at Suburban Housewife
Labels: News of Yore
Monday, December 02, 2013
Obscurity of the Day: The Alumnae
Gauerke chronicled that trip through her quartet of female characters. The iconic women represented various modern and traditional types, and Gauerke utilized them as she expertly straddled the fence in search of laughs. The Alumnae was never a women's lib feature, but neither was it anti-progress. It sought instead to find humor in all its characters. One day the panel could seem reactionary, the next practically hippie. This is impressive, as I get the impression that Gauerke herself may have been rather conservative (she seems to have been associated with the William F. Buckley/National Review crowd).
Although The Alumnae was not a big hit, it was probably in the 35-50 paper range, a pretty good showing considering that generally a middle-aged male features editor had to give it the thumbs-up to get in.
The panel debuted on September 8 1969, and ended April 24 1976.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples!
More about Gauerke tomorrow.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics
Labels: Jim Ivey's Sunday Comics