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Classic Video of Chicago Tribune Cartoonists in 1931

I swear I posted this before, but can’t find it in the archives.

Interesting collection of film featuring the cartoonist who worked for the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s the description of the film as posted by Hugo.

An edited excerpt from the silent 1931 promotional documentary, “From Trees to Tribunes,” focusing on the Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists. At work we can see John T. McCutcheon, Gaar Williams, Carey Orr, Sidney Smith of “The Gumps,” Frank King of “Gasoline Alley,” Frank Willard of “Moon Mullins, Carl Ed of “Harold Teen,” Martin Branner of “Winnie Winkle,” Walter Berndt of “Smitty” and Harold Gray of “Little Orphan Annie.” Noticeably missing from the line-up is Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy,” which didn’t begin until October of 1931. From dated materials in the film, the cartoonists appear to have been photographed in February of that year. All three parts of this promotional film can be downloaded at The music is 1930’s “Medley of Paramount Music” and Ray De Costa’s “Whoopee.” All video and audio used here are in the public domain.

Community Comments

#1 Tom Falco
@ 9:10 am

This is really special. Love the name “From TREES to TRIBUNES.” :)

#2 Bearman Cartoons
@ 9:15 am

How many of you still draw in a jacket and tie?

#3 C. Hart
@ 12:12 pm

Thanks for posting this.

It looks like some of them weren’t inking off of a pencil rough! They just started from one corner of the page to the next.

I wish cartoonists could still draw that big.

#4 Brian Powers
@ 12:23 pm

That dapper youth fella looked like he was wearing JNCO cannon pants from the late ’90s.

#5 Ann Telnaes
@ 1:37 pm

Guess I missed the women.

#6 Jim Lavery
@ 7:08 pm

I missed the Chinese guy myself

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