editorial-history

The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 15, 1943

Less than two years after this article was published, in February 1945, one month before her 19th birthday and following months of begging her father’s permission, Elizabeth joined the ATS (Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service) learning to service and drive trucks and ambulances.

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We’re remembering Donyale Luna, the first African-American to appear on the cover of British Vogue in 1966. The 6’2” model also appeared on the cover of Harper’s Baazar in 1965, posed nude for Playboy in 1975 and several films produced by Andy Warhol. She overcame many prejudices during her time. Yet, she was a troubled woman with a beautiful soul, who was described as someone who was “living in a wonderland, a dream” at a young age. She attempted to distance herself from racial controversy and began a bad drug habit. Luna died at age 32 in 1979, leaving behind her young daughter, Dream and a legacy remembered thru Black History. 

 

#EvokeCuriosity: Being called “thick skulled” usually means that one is very adamant about things. The Moschops was thick-skulled like this but also literally. It has fame among other dinosaurs because of it’s incredible skull; being up to ten centimeters thick, thicker than practically all known animals of it’s era. Why did it have such a thick skull? Because it was a very dominant beast. The Moschops would head-butt others in a fight for power, dominance and mating rights. The theory is that this is why the Moschops has stronger front legs rather than strong back legs, so it can have these wrestler-type contests. The only downfall to it’s thick headedness was that it has such short legs that it was imposible for it to run.

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Edwina Dumm (1893-1990) was the first woman in America to be a full-time editorial cartoonist, and also drew the strip “Cap Stubbs and Tippie” for six decades. Further, her career as an editorial cartoonist began in 1915 – five years before women were given the vote in America. Suffrage was a common theme in her Spotlight Sketches, a full-page feature showcasing her cartoons.

She cartooned for the Columbus Monitor from its first edition on August 7, 1915, until the paper folded in July 1917. She then moved to New York City where she created the comic strip “Cap Stubbs and Tippie,” which she drew until her retirement in 1966. Her love of animals, especially dogs, was reflected in the cartoons she drew for several magazines and the books and sheet music she illustrated.

Dumm worked very fast, reputedly penciling a daily strip in an hour, a speed that most of us envy! In the late 1940s, she drew the covers for sheet music by her roommate, Helen Slater, who did both music and lyrics. Her weekly dog page ran in both Life and the London publication The Tatler. During the 1940s, she also contributed features to the Wonder Woman comic book. She was the first woman to receive the Golden Key Award from the National Cartoonist Society Hall of Fame in 1978.

After retiring from her from her comic strip, she remained active with watercolor paintings, photography and helping the elderly at her New York City apartment building when she was well into her eighties.

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Some illustrations I made in response to history class readings: The Human Lens (for “Photography’s Illustrative Ancestors: The Printed Image,” by Mimi Cazort); I Prefer Cats (“Typography for Children,” Stephen Heller); You Don’t Just Watch a Movie (”The Folklore of Industrial Society: Popular Culture and Its Audiences,” Lawrence W. Levine). The Levine article was particularly interesting!