Ask the Archivist: HEARST DAILY PAGES
We did a series on the Hearst Sunday PUCK section a few weeks ago. I thought the development of the daily page might be of interest, so…
Originally the Hearst daily paper would have a one panel cartoon, usually an editorial on the back, but by 1901, several “weekday,” not yet actually daily, series were seen, including Our Antedilluvian Ancestors by Opper and the earliest version of Gene Carr’s Lady Bountiful. Gradually, the back page cartoon was met by others, until several comics appeared every day. In 1913, the idea of having a full comics page began. There were different comics assigned to the evening and morning papers, for instance, Bringing up Father was usually in the mornings and Krazy Kat in the evenings.
And now, on to our Mail Bag.
Maybe Tim Tyler’s Luck would be a good pick, but you see, there are a lot of gaps in the files from the early years, and we couldn’t offer a continuity that was incomplete. Maybe we’ll put out something later from the postwar years.
To Rodrigo Araya-
Yes, I remember when the Journal-American file was added, what a disappointment that it was but one short stretch of weeks in 1938! If it might have been for the run of that title, 1937-66, it’d be a great, or even more, the American or Evening Journal before it. It’s almost like a stray reel of the J-A got caught in the mix by accident. Same thing goes for the windy city equivalent, the Chicago Evening American, which is only December 1921-January 1922.
Hope the webmaster of Old Fulton NY Post Cards can increase these titles sometime soon. There’s another New York city Hearst paper unseen as well--the tabloid New York Mirror (1921-1963). If he isn’t strictly using New York state titles any more, there are many other Hearst titles untouched, from Boston to Seattle.