Kemble’s comic strip is a parody of J. Rufus “Get-Rich-Quick” Wallingford and his accomplice “Blackie Daw,” the fictional creations of George Randolph Chester. In the magazine stories Wallingford was a white man who dressed in formal attire with a top hat. In 1910 Wallingford became the subject of a Broadway play written by George M. Cohan and his first movie appearance was in 1916. Chester had been involved with newspapers for a long time; he wrote the text to Winsor McCay’s first newspaper color feature, “Tales of the Jungle Imps” in 1903.
*Thanks to Ken Kapson