Leon T. Walkowicz collection of editorial cartoon drawings

Inclusive Dates: 
1939–1951
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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Leon T. Walkowicz Collection of Editorial Cartoon Drawings (107 ink drawings) consists of original cartoons depicting events in World War II by Chicago newspaper cartoonists Paul Battenfield, Carey Orr, Joseph Parrish, Paul Plascke, Vaughan Shoemaker and Charles Werner.

Biographical Historical Note

Leon T. Walkowicz was a reporter and city editor for the newspaper Polish Daily Zgoda in Chicago and later president of the Polish-American Historical Society in Chicago.

Paul Battenfield was a cartoonist at the Chicago Times.

Carey Cassius Orr studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as a cartoonist at several newspapers before he began working at the Chicago Tribune in 1917, where he stayed for 46 years. He drew the Kernel Cootie comic strip.

Joseph L. Parrish was born and raised in Tennessee. Self-taught, he began his career as a cartoonist at Nashville newspapers. In 1936, he began working for the Chicago Tribune, becoming chief editorial cartoonist.

Paul Plaschke was a cartoonist of German origin, known for his contributions to the Evening Post, Louisville Times and Courier-Journal newspapers through the 1920s and to the Herald Examiner and the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s.

Vaughn Richard Shoemaker was an American editorial cartoonist. He won the 1938 and 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and created the character John Q. Public. Shoemaker started his career at the Chicago Daily News and spent 22 years there. He went on to work for the New York Herald Tribune, the Chicago American, and Chicago Today.

Charles Werner was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Self-taught as an artist, he worked as staff artist and photographer for Springfield, Missouri's Leader and Press from 1930 until 1935. Werner then worked for the Daily Oklahoman (1935-41), as Chief Editorial Cartoonist at the Chicago Sun (1941-1047) and at the Indianapolis Star (1947-1994).

Additional Notes

Related collections: Carey Orr Collection, Joseph Parrish Cartoon Collection, Leon T. Walkowicz Collection of Editorial Cartoon Drawings, and Leon T. Walkowicz Editorial Cartoon Collection, Chicago History Museum; Carey Orr Editorial Cartoons for Chicago Tribune, Joseph Medill Patterson Papers, and J. M. Patterson Cartoonist Correspondence, Lake Forest College; Carey Orr Cartoons, Newberry Library; Vaughn Shoemaker Cartoon Collection, Wheaton College.

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