Saturday, January 31, 2009
From the Strand, Vol. 34, 1907. Tit-Bits A popular weekly magazine, was founded in 1881 by George Newnes, the publisher of The Strand. It ceased publication in 1984. The original formula included jokes, quizzes, correspondence, short stories and serialized fiction, snippets of news, and cartoons 'from all the Most Interesting Books, Periodicals and Contributors in the World.'
“A fully equipped billiard-room has been discovered underneath his garden by a Brighton man. It had been sealed up for eighteen years. The oak paneling, billiard table, furniture, and fittings are as good as new.”
Many of the earliest cartoons published here may have come from the old broadsheet Comicalities published 100 to a sheet. Newnes must have had a huge collection of old cartoons which were pirated for use in his numerous magazines, boys story papers and comic periodicals.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Life's Little Interludes (14 Jun 1930) was the title of a British feature alternating between such great cartoonists as H. M. Bateman, Bert Thomas, Lewis Baumer, Harry Rountree, and Alfred Leete.
Mr. W. Heath Robinson and his Work, The Strand, Vol. 36 1908. Another of those great illustrated articles of prominent cartoonist illustrators from Newnes.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Another full newspaper page advertising The Spirit daily comic strip along with the first six dailies. Minneapolis Sunday Tribune and Star Journal, 2 Nov 1941. My stitching together of four photocopies left the 3rd strip a bit off kilter, but I have rescanned strips 1 and 2, skipping 3, then scanned 4, 5, and 6 for easier reading below.
The Satire of W. K. Haselden, the Daily Mirror's first regular newspaper cartoonist, from the Strand Magazine, Vol. 36, 1908. Haselden's Times obituary called him ‘the father of British strip cartoon,’ The topper illustration is from the Daily Mirror, 10 Dec 1919.
Monday, January 26, 2009
You might notice I am busy as a beaver re-configuring Yesterday's Papers. I have added a third column with the help of Three Column Blogger, and my old banner with the smiling wizzened visage of Aunt Judy did not translate well with the new size, thus, I borrowed a vignette from a color wood-engraving from the Blue Dwarf penny dreadful. Because I'll miss the old gel, I have posted this fine William Boucher drawing from the comic journal Judy, my original source, for nostalgia's sake. The little chap was Judy's Office Boy.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Illustration above from In Bohemia with du Maurier, the First of a Series of Reminiscences by Felix Moscheles NY: Harper & Brothers, 1897