[PW] [EXTERNAL] Re: Dairy publications from 1939 (I need all the help I can get)

Andy Stewart astewart49 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 14:52:40 PDT 2019


Ohio State University also has a Special Collections focus on comics
--MAYBE some Mort Walker papers, too?
Their online catalog is search-able, too!

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On Wed, Jul 3, 2019, 16:30 Andrew Derby <aderby at kcls.org> wrote:

> Cornell University had a working dairy as part of the school until a few
> years ago. I suspect their College of Agriculture and Life Sciences library
> may have dairy trade pubs going back to the 1930s.
>
> Andrew Derby / Children's Librarian
> Renton Highlands Library
> 2801 NE 10th Street
> Renton, WA 98056
> 425-277-1831
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Project-wombat <project-wombat-bounces at lists.project-wombat.org> On
> Behalf Of Mike Hindin
> Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 7:31 AM
> To: list at project-wombat.org
> Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [PW] Dairy publications from 1939 (I need all the
> help I can get)
>
> Check Rutgers University library.  NJ and surrounding states were big
> dairy producers back then.
>
> On Tue, Jul 2, 2019, 2:05 AM Casey Roberson <CASEY.ROBERSON at uga.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > I got a reference question a couple of weeks ago from Mort Walker
> > (creator of Beetle Bailey)'s old assistant, who himself is a comics
> > historian. He's putting together a definitive biography of Mr.
> > Walker's career. He came to us looking for 1940 issues of American
> > Dairy Review; I assume University of Georgia came up first in the list
> > for him through WorldCat. According to two different sources (Mort
> > Walker: Conversations and Mort Walker's Private Scrapbook), Mort
> > Walker published a strip in American Dairy Review when he was 16 (so,
> > 1939 and/or 1940) called "Sunshine and Shadow". Two examples of the
> > strip exist; it deals with the personality differences of the two
> titular Chinese-caricature (read: racistly-drawn) characters.
> >
> > Here's the thing: American Dairy Review didn't exist in 1939/1940. It
> > was American Milk Review then, and changed to American Dairy Review in
> > 1965. I checked our 1940 issues of this dairy trade publication: other
> > than two or three single-panel wordless gags, American Milk Review was
> > a pretty staid magazine in 1940. I checked some late 1940s and 1950s
> > volumes-even the 1965 volume-and though the magazine had more comics
> > over the years, I found no strip titled "Sunshine and Shadow".
> >
> > At this point, I wanted to verify if the title was correct. I checked
> > the Union List. I checked Pre-1956 Imprints. I checked N.W. Ayer &
> > Son's Directory. I don't see any titles beginning with American Dairy,
> > though there were Pacific Dairy Review, American Butter Review,
> > American Produce Review, Dairy Record, etc. I'm waiting on ILL
> > requests for some of these, though I suspect that they're just as
> > serious publications as American Milk Review was. I feel 99% confident
> > now that, if there was an American Dairy Review in 1939, no library
> > was ever willing to admit to owning it. Besides, Mort Walker was a
> > 16-year-old in Kansas City, Missouri. He had a comic strip in his
> > local paper at the age of 13, but even three years later, landing a
> > regular strip in a trade publication in another state still seems like
> too unlikely an accomplishment.
> >
> > So I had to start thinking in different directions. Could, perhaps,
> > Mort Walker (and/or this comics historian) have misread his own notes?
> > He lived in Amarillo prior to moving to Kansas City. Might he have
> > written Amarillo Daily?
> >
> > One obituary for Mort Walker, in The Comics Journal, says that he
> > worked "as staff cartoonist on a dairy company publication". That's
> > quite a different claim than the two books mentioned above, one that I
> > don't think you can come up with if you're reading those books unless
> > you're really playing fast and loose. So I've got an email out to the
> > author of that obituary asking whether he had found a third source about
> this comic strip.
> > I'm still waiting to hear back from him.
> >
> > In the meantime, I asked the Kansas City Public Library for dairy
> > listings in 1939 and 1940. There were both an Aines Farm Dairy, and an
> > American Dairies, Inc. Again, could Mort (or his erstwhile assistant)
> > have misread something? I have asked the assistant but I made the
> > mistake of asking more than one question in a single email, and that's
> > the one that was overlooked. I'll have to ask again to see if there is
> > a source other than the two Mort Walker books-say, a diary or a
> > scrapbook--where American Dairy Review is written by hand. But if a
> > local dairy had its own newsletter, this sounds far more likely a
> > publication than a trade journal. Before you ask-my searches in
> > WorldCat and Google turn up zilch for publications from either one of
> those dairies.
> >
> > I've already been told that I've long since passed "above and beyond",
> > but I'll admit to feeling somewhat professionally threatened by this
> question.
> > It shouldn't be this difficult to track down a published, documented
> > comic strip from only 80 years ago, should it?
> >
> > I plan to call the assistant later today to attempt to pin him down on
> > where the name American Dairy Review actually appears, and I also plan
> > to call the Kansas City Public Library again, as well as the State
> > Historical Society of Missouri.
> >
> > But past that, short of traveling to Kansas City, MO, looking up old
> > records for local dairies, and knocking on the doors of the owners'
> > descendants, are there any other next steps?
> >
> >
> > Casey Roberson
> > Research & Instruction Librarian for Public Health Zell B. Miller
> > Learning Center 373
> > 706-542-6107
> > he/him/his
> >
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