Posts Tagged ‘1949’

Dog Days – Cat Nights

August 18, 2012

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Daily Review (Hayward, California) Aug 19, 1949

Walker Victory is Something to Crow About

June 5, 2012

Alton Democrat – Nov 9, 1912

Appleton Post Crescent – Jan 10, 1922


We live in ages, ours a time
Too close to us to seem sublime,
For only when our time is past,
The pattern made, the metal cast,
We know, whatever world it brings,
We then were doing larger things
Than we supposed, not changing these
Brief days, but moulding centuries.

Think not our time a passing phase,
That we experiment with days,
For we are building longer years
Than in the building now appears.
We speak of laws, we talk of change,
As if our time we re-arrange,
and yet our children’s children’s fate
Is settled as we legislate.

A world is in the making; all
We do is great, and nothing small —
If good, yet hard to follow through,
If evil, harder to undo
We talk of time, call this our own,
While casting metal, shaping stone,
And yet are making, well or how,
The world a hundred years from now.

(Copyright, 1933, by Douglas Malloch.)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Nov 15, 1933

The Chronicle Telegram (Ohio) Dec 8, 1933

Appleton Post Crescent – Nov 5, 1925


It’s twice as hard to make things pay
Today as it was yesterday
To make a profit with a store
Is twice the job it was before,
OR if a service you would sell,
You have to work just twice as well,
Once almost anything would do,
But twice they now expect of you.

The easy days are done and gone,
Yet some keep right on climbing on,
Need twice the time to climb as far,
And yet, in time, up there they are.
Whatever man may sell or make
Takes twice the work it used to take,
Takes twice the thought, as all men know,
IT did a few short years ago.

The road of life is twice as hard,
Yet twice the pleasure afterward,
Yes, twice as hard, yet one, somehow,
Feels twice the satisfaction now,
Though twice the study it requires,
Though often twice as much it tires,
IF hard the task, when you start in,
It’s then just twice the fun to win!

(Copyright, 1933, by Douglas Malloch.)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Nov 16, 1933

San Antonio Light (Texas) Nov 3, 1908

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune –  Aug 28, 1928


Men like to play at making laws,
Yet not a paragraph or clause
If new is good, if good is new.
Upon experience they drew,
The only good the common good,
Not clan nor class, nor neighborhood,
The laws that God Himself made plain,
Or all their laws are made in vain.

Men like to play at writing acts
To alter earth’s established facts,
But still the sturdy forests rise
Much as they did in Paradise,
And still the brooks the ocean find
Much as creation first designed,
And still the blossoms bud and bloom
Much as they did by Adam’s tomb.

Men like to play with things sublime,
The better teacher always time,
For little new they need to learn,
But rather to the old return
Good laws are but the writing out
Of things men never need to doubt
With all the theories of youth,
No human law can change the truth.

(Copyright, 1933, by Douglas Malloch.)

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Nov 21, 1933

Abilene Reporter News (Texas) Jul 13, 1949

The Daily Northwestern – Jul 22, 1931

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Oh, My! Eskimo Pie!

January 24, 2012

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) Dec 31, 1921

Eskimo Pie Inventor Makes Fortune

Chicago, Feb. 13 — Christian K. Nelson came to Chicago from Omaha 15 months ago with 19 cents and an idea.

Today the 19 cents has grown to a steadily increasing fortune of six figures. It’ll be well over a million before Nelson pays his income tax.

What did it?

The idea!

Nelson’s idea was to cover a square of cold ice cream with a layer of hot chocolate, thus caking a confection with real ice cream inside.

He got that idea while he was managing his father’s ice cream plant out in Onawa, Ia. And he furthered it while he was studying chemistry at college.

When he was graduated he peddled the idea around from ice cream factory to ice cream factory. Everybody laughed at him.

“Cover cold ice cream with hot chocolate? Man; you’re crazy!” they’d say.

But Russell Stover, manager of an ice cream plant at Omaha, was different. He thought Nelson’s idea could be put over. And together Stover and Nelson did put it over.

That’s why you see a big yellow sign advertising “Eskimo Pie” in your confectionery store window.

For Nelson’s the inventor of Eskimo Pie.

Nelson’s not making it. His company, composed of himself, Stover and others, is selling licenses to firms in other cities to manufacture the confection.

Today there are more than 1,000,000 Eskimo pies eaten daily. And Nelson’s company gets 5 cents royalty on every dozen pies.

And Nelson’s busy with an adding machine trying to figure up his income.

“Don’t lose heart,” Nelson advises others. “I kept at my hunch and plugged — that’ why I succeeded.

“Just don’t give up. It seems to me that too many folks are only too anxious to tell the world they’re licked.”

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Feb 13, 1922

Image from Emporia State University

“Eskimo Pie”, now figuratively and almost literally, in “everybody’s mouth,” promises to make a near-millionaire, if not a real one, out of a Johnson county boy. Russell Stover, the inventor of the chocolate and ice cream confection that bears that name, is a son of Mr. John R. Stover, a prominent Johnson county farmer, who lives one mile west of Indian Lookout, where the young candy man, who is heading the Russell Stover company of Chicago, was born.

Sure to Enrich Him

The “Eskimo pie” is destined to enrich the Iowa City and S.U.I. boy of other days, is indicated strongly by a letter Mr. Stover received from his son today. The inventor is traveling, far and near, putting in 18 hours a day, licensing manufacturers to produce his confection. He has more than 250 on the list now, and more than 40,000 retail stores are handling the article already. He predicts a sale of 2,000,000 a day, and the Stover company will get 5 cents a dozen royalty, he writes, on these. This spells $3,000,000 a year for the Iowa Citian and his associates.

To Entire World

Plans are making to ship to China, Japan, and all parts of Europe. Mr. Stover has been called to New York and New Haven, Conn., this week, to address conventions of manufacturers. His traveling secretary is General Leonard Wood’s presidential campaign secretary, Fugitt, who declares the “Eskimo” campaign is more exciting than the political fight.

Some big lawsuits may follow, as the company alleges imitators and infringers are busy violating the Stover copyrights and patents. Test suits will be instituted in the metropolises.

Some Interesting Figures

Some figures are of interest in connection with the Iowa City man’s business campaign. The company telephone bill — before breakfast — in a single day, is $160. The advertising bills are enormous. A contract for a double page in Saturday Evening Post, in February calls for $14,000.

Iowa City Press Citizen (Iowa City, Iowa) Jan 16, 1922

Inventor of Eskimo Pie Prefers His Old Job As School Teacher

CHICAGO — (Special) — Anybody’d think dipping ice cream into hot chocolate would melt the ice cream. Christian Kent Nelson discovered the way to do it, however, at just the right temperature. The result — eskimo pie.

Until he made his discovery Nelson was a poor but contented teacher at Onawa, Ia. Today money’s pouring in on him so fast that he’s scared. “I want to stay human,” he says.

He tried hard enough to market his idea before it “caught on.” Most people he approached were skeptical. Finally Russell Stover of Omaha went in with him. From that moment the golden tide began to rise. For Nelson, at any rate, it rose too high.

“Money! The more I see of it, the less I like it. I’d rather be with my books, or back on the job as teacher again,” he exclaims. He hasn’t even bought an automobile.

Perhaps wealth came a bit too fast — about a year, from a shoe-string to affluence is sudden enough to be disconcerting.

Nelson’s a graduate of Nevada University. He’s only 29. His father and mother are living and he has brothers and sisters. He’s unmarried.

When a reporter asked him, “Do you intend to take a wife?” “Maybe,” he answered.

Lima News (Lima, Ohio) May 25, 1922

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) Mar 2, 1922

Image from D-Lib Magazine Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

The Modern Trend

How times do change,
Oh, me! Oh, my!
We ne’er hear now
Of Eskimo pie.
— Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser.

And customs too,
Have changed, my lan’!
Nobody ev —
Er shoots the can.
— Macon, Ga., Telegraph.

Ah, yes, ’tis true,
Only gran-pap
Knows the meaning of
The word, “Gid-dap!”

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Sep 10, 1925

Decatur Review (Decatur, Illinois) May 14, 1922


A native Chinese might be amazed at the sight of chop suey as it is known in America, but probably no more than an Eskimo on seeing his first Eskimo pie.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Sep 26, 1929

Daily Review (Haywood, California) Sep 12, 1949

Image from the American History Archives CenterTHE ESKIMO PIE CORPORATION RECORDS, 1921-1996

Getting Rich

The more people you assist or entertain, the greater your income.

Often you comment along these lines: Einstein, a super-scientist of the sort that appears only once in centuries, makes less money than the inventor of some trifling thing like the Eskimo pie, ice cream cone or safety pin.

The answer to this is that Einstein serves only a small and limited number of customers — scientists — while the other inventors serve millions, each contributing his mite to the inventor.

In any scheme to get rich, don’t forget the importance of doing something that will serve a great multitude.

Lima News (Lima, Ohio) Mar 2, 1922

A highbrow is a person who wants his Eskimo pie a la mode.

Lima News (Lima, Ohio) Mar 16, 1922

Told Cop To “Get Out With His Eskimo Pie”; Aggie Wanted a “Fag”

NEW YORK, Aug. 17. — Aggie Kelley, aged 14, was advised to go back to her father and stay with him by Recorder Kane in Bayonne, N.J., today, when she was brought before him.

Policeman Bonlin found the girl yesterday sitting on a curbstone crying.

The lieutenant sent a policeman to buy ice cream for the little girl, mean while putting her in a room by herself. When he came back he was met at the door by Aggie, who was smoking a cigarette. She told him to get out “with that Eskimo pie.”

“If you want to do me a favor,” shed added, “you might bring me a small pack of cigarettes.”

She told the recorder she had a good home with her father on a canal boat and she wanted to go there as quickly as she could.

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania) Aug 17, 1922

Image from The Public “I”


The hoi-polloi
With shouts of joy
Doth group abut
In twos and bunch
and munch the festive Eskimo pie
And chew on other lightish lunches.

Cease your talk
For down the walk
Come all the buxom corn-fed maidens;
Hearken to their dissertation —
“I says to him — he says to me –”
The corn’s all right — so are the maidens
But Gawd forgive the combination.

With close shaved necks
And sunburned beaks
In phalanx come
The village shieks!

Who is the cent of this group
Whose checkered vest has spots of soup?
He hold the power of life and death!
Two-foot watch chain, eye of eagle
Look him o’er — the local Kleagle!

With Beech-nut filling
Up his jaw
Here comes the long are
Of the law
His uniform is slightly tight,
(‘Twas made for some less portly wight).
Constantly, at greatish rate,
The Law, he doth expectorate.
And every time he spits by chance
He breaks a city ordinance.

‘Tis after nine,
The crowd is gone,
All but the shieks
Who linger on
Within some lowly pea-pool den,
And dissipate and drink pink pop
‘Til oft’ as late as half-past ten.

The Vidette Messenger (Valparaiso, Indiana) Mar 1, 1929

Preserving Our Constitution

September 15, 2011

Alton Democrat (Alton, Iowa) Sep 29, 1949

Constitution Day is  Saturday, Sept. 17th, and although this article was published 90 years ago, it should be published again as a reminder, and so here it is:


In the reverence of Americans, September 17 should rank with February 22 and July 4, as a day of significance in American history. It was on this day in the year 1787 that out from the prayers and dreams, sacrifices and blood of our forefathers there issued forth a nation with the form of a republic and the soul of a democracy, pure and strong in purpose and predestined to be mighty in achievement. It was the embodiment of a Christian ideal born and nurtured in the hearts of righteous men and patriots. It was sent forth on its career with a prayer: in one hand it carried an olive branch and in the other, the most wonderful instrument of government that ever emanated from the mind of man.

The constitution of the United States embraces the assembled wisdom of perhaps the best brains in the aggregate that the world has ever produced. Pure in its diction, charming in its simplicity, and strong in its concise yet comprehensive inclusion of every essential principle of the most enlightened human government, it represents our nation’s first and greatest contribution to the thought of the world. It will live forever among the immortal masterpieces of man. Even as the source of all individual failure may be found at the point of divergence in personal conduct from the principles set forth and enunciated in Holy Writ, so whatever the failures of our own government have been or will be may be traced to the subversion or contravention of some principle embodied in our constitution.

In this hour of universal confusion when the nations of the earth, driven from their accustomed orbits by a cyclone of war, are trying to readjust themselves to orderly and wise processes of government it is peculiarly appropriate that in our own country we pause on this birthday of our constitution to pay tribute to its makers and to rededicate ourselves to the increasingly difficult task of preserving it against its enemies. With brazen effrontery, the forces of disorder are daily practicing treacheries upon the flag that has protected them in the exercise of the liberties which they misconstrue as license. Constitutional democracy has been at least partially supplanted by a sort of mobocracy that boastfully defies the restraints of distasteful law. The average American has ceased to regard himself as seriously bound to respect a law that he does not like, and disregard of constituted authority struts forth at noonday.

The tendencies of our national thought and the current of national events seem to be away from the foundation principles, upon which this republic was established. We have grown callously accustomed to the frequently successful attempts to bend, break, or misinterpret the constitution to suit the caprices of an element of our own people or the foreign ideas of those who cannot or will not understand the genius of our institutions. Demagogues and near-statesmen mistake the clamor of a mob for the voice of the people, and in the name of liberty, progress, and democracy the warnings of history are ignored and offenses against our constitution multiply.

It seems to us, therefore, that this is an appropriate day on which to stop, look and listen, and to take warning of the things that are going on about us. It seems to us that this is the time to take stock of our nationalism and to surround our institutions with that loyalty as understood and applied by our forefathers, and to set ourselves resolutely against rising tides of un-American theories and practices. Perhaps it is through the schools primarily that we must look for the inculcation of those virtues which venerate the constitution and which alone can hold us in the path to which we were committed by the framers of that great document. Perhaps we have been lax in our duties as American citizens with respect to our public schools and the services they have been rendering. Perhaps we have allowed them to drift away from the moorings to which they must be attached if they are to serve as an effective instrument of Americanism in our national life. If we would make the schools what they can and should be as a force for preserving the foundations of the republic we must realize our responsibilities toward our educational affairs and discharge them conscientiously. That is the way, in fact, it is the indispensable way, to the preservation of that type of constitutional government which has distinguished the United States of American from every other nation and placed its liberties and blessings in a class by themselves.

Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin) Sep 17, 1921

Boots and Her Buddies Turn 25

June 17, 2011

Boots Celebrates Her 25th Anniversary
NEA Staff Correspondent

A quarter of a century ago — to be exact, Feb. 18, 1924 — the girl who was to become known as the “Sweetheart of the Comics” made her first appearance in newspapers all over the country. She was Boots, star character then and still star character in Edgar E. Martin’s comic strip “Boots and Her Buddies.”

Today “Boots and Her Buddies” reaches an audience of more than 60,000,000 readers and is one of the notable features in the Daily Record — and today the 519 daily and 229 Sunday newspapers in which it appears are united in congratulating Edgar E. Martin as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his popular comic.

Drew Salamanders,
Frogs, Grasshoppers

It was in July, 1921, when Martin, then 23, landed a job in the comic art department of NEA Service, Inc. (The Newspaper Enterprise Association). Having first tried his hand at drawing when he made sketches of salamanders, frogs and grasshoppers, it was a big jump to comic sketches, especially to sketches of pretty girls.

Martin was born in Indianapolis, Ind., July 6, 1898. Shortly thereafter his family moved to Nashville, Tenn., and then to Monmouth, Ill., where his father was a professor at Monmouth College. It was in his early college days that Martin began drawing reptiles and such. In his junior year he quit Monmouth college to enter the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. His art prospered and he joined NEA Service.

At first he drew several comics with varying success — “Fables of 1921,” “Efficiency Ed” and “Taken From Life.” In 1924 NEA was looking for a girl comic. Several artists who had submitted sample strips were asked to re-submit them. Martin heard about this and, in his off hours at home, tried his hand in that field. His comic, unsigned, was considered with the others — and it was the one picked. “How soon can we get this artist?” one of the comic board members asked. “In about one minute,” the comic art director replied. “He works here.”

So, on Feb. 18, 1924, Boots was “born” as the main character in “Boots and Her Buddies.” Originally the strip featured four girls — Boots, Cora, Marge and Ann. It wasn’t long, however, until Martin decided that four girls were too many for one fellow to keep track of, and Ann and Marge were dropped. Cora, a school teacher, remained true to type, while Boots was developed into a glamour girl and became widely known as the “Sweetheart of the Comics.”

Attending numerous style shows, Martin became a fashion expert. Years of dressing Boots developed a style sense that designers of feminine finery often copy.

In 1926 after Boots’ brother Bill took her to New York on a shopping spree, in preparation for the Easter Parade, on Fifth Avenue, Boots was given a new haircut and call the “Boots Bob.” It clicked immediately and was endorsed by leading hair dressers of New York and other large cities.

In 1927, when Cora, with whom Boots had been rooming, married Professor Stephen Tutt, Boots moved in with them. Meanwhile, a new character, Babe, entered the strip as a close friend of Boots.

In the early days Boots had her greatest following among high school and college students. They loved this glamour girl, delighted in her numerous romances. In 1939 Boots was honored guest, in sketch form, at the Yale Junior Prom, in New Haven. In formal attire, she occupied a place of honor among the ballroom decorations. Martin drew “Guest Ticket Number One” from the prom committee. One of Martin’s toughest jobs came later the same year when he was picked to settle a battle of beauty between co-ed teams from Akron university and Kent State university, at Akron, O. The Akron co-eds won — and Martin escaped from town all in one piece.

Popular little Pug, destined to become one of the cutest kids in the comics, first appeared in “Boots and Her Buddies” in March, 1939, when Boots took her from a summer resort to the Tutts’ home after Pug’s father, J.X. “Bettem” Hiigh, a world traveler, disappeared. Later, the father turned up and decided to leave Pug in Tutt’s care.

Readers Demanded
Wedding Bells

Martin kept Boots in gaiety and single blessedness until 1945. Readers will remember the numerous swains who come to pay court to her, but it was Rod Ruggles who brought a mighty crescendo of letters demanding wedding bells, and Martin decided to let Boots go to the altar. She and Rod were married Oct. 2, 1945. “Boots and Her Buddies” became a family comic, with appeal for all ages, when a new kind of romance come into the life of Boots — a baby boy, born July 4, 1946. Again Martin’s great army of readers displayed their interest by besieging him with suggestions for names for the baby and he picked the one that was most popular – David.

Recently Pug went to live with Boots and Rod. She became an established member of the family when her father’s yacht was lost at sea with all on board. As Pug has grown from a cross between Pollyanna and Peck’s bad boy to brash adolescence, her popularity has grown with millions of newspaper readers. She has became an invaluable character in Martin’s strip.

For years Edgar E. Martin lived in Cleveland, O., headquarters of NEA. He now makes his home in Clearwater, Fla., and though he still attends style shows and now and then judges a Boots contest, he prefers spending his time at home with his wife and daughters, and indulging in an occasional round of golf.

To his intimates, Martin is known as “Abe” — to millions of others, as the man who draws “Boots and Her Buddies,” the comic that  is not only still going strong, but is more popular than ever — after 25 long years.

Statesville Daily Record (Statesville, North Carolina) Feb 21, 1949


Boots and Her Buddies – Clothes Make the Woman — Happy


Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Aug 15, 1929


“Boots” Paper Doll Cut-Outs

Now You Can Dress This Famous Young Lady of the Comic Page to Suit Yourself.

Just think of this, youngsters! “Boots,” star character in the famous comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies,” has a fine new wardrobe. Dresses galore — and for all occasions. And she wants you to help her try them on. That will be easy — and lots of fun! Just borrow mom’s shears and cut “Boots” and the dresses out. Then fit the dresses on her pretty little figure. Here is the first sketch of “Boots” and the first dress. If you have some crayons you can color the dresses. Watch for more pretty dresses tomorrow.

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 21, 1930

Here’s How to Dress “Boots” For Shopping or a Party

My oh, my! Don’t you think “Boots” used fine judgment when she picked out these two dresses? Or maybe you can’t decide until you try them on her. Just cut the dresses out and try them on the figure of “Boots” we gave you yesterday. This little smart character of the famous comic strip “Boots and Her Buddies” is very glad to have you help her try out her new wardrobe. Two more dresses for “Boots” will appear tomorrow. Save them all — and what a fine set of paper dolls you’ll have. If you have some crayons you can color the dresses.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Jul 25, 1930

“Boots” Can Go Strolling Or Motoring In These

“BOOTS” can hardly wait until you help her try on these two new dresses. The one with the checkered collar, pockets and cuffs will be fine for motoring, don’t you think? And the other would look well out in the park. Just cut the dresses out and fit them on the figure of “Boots” we gave you the other day. Color them if you like. Then you can tell how well you like the fashion judgment of the star character in the famous comic strip, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Another sketch of “Boots” and another dress tomorrow.

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 23, 1930

“Boots” Can Play Tennis or Golf in This Outfit

HERE’S “Boots” again, youngsters! And with another of the snappy dresses out of her brand new up-to-date wardrobe. Short and sporty. And, gee, but wouldn’t it come in handy on the tennis court — or at the golf course? Just cut “Boots” and the dress out — and then fit the garment on the trim figure of the young lady whom you know so well in the famous comic, “Boots and Her Buddies.” Why not color the dress with crayons, too? Two more “Boots” dresses tomorrow!

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 25, 1930

Now “Boots” Is All Set for Afternoon or Evening

If “Boots” wants to just loaf around the house in the afternoon — or step out to rather an informal evening affair, you youngsters can help her dress for either occasion. Just cut out the dress at the left and fasten it to one of the figures of “Boots” we have recently given you. Then she’s ready for casual afternoon callers. Or use the dress at the right and any of her buddies can call to take her to a friendly dance or party. Maybe the dresses would look better, if you’d color them with crayons. Another sketch of “Boots” and another dress tomorrow.

Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah) Jul 26, 1930

No Affair Too Stylish For “Boots” In This Gown

LAST, but far from least, in the “Boots” paper doll cut-out wardrobe is this very formal evening dress. And you just can’t realize how nice she looks in it until you cut the dress out and fasten it to her trim little figure. Now you have nine* dresses for “Boots.” That’s a fine wardrobe, isn’t it? And it will look even finer, if you color every one of them with crayons. In the meantime, be sure and look at the dresses “Boots” will wear every day in the “Boots and Her Buddies” comic strip. She knows styles — Uh huh!

Daily News Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) Jul 28, 1930


UPDATE: I found the missing dresses in a different newspaper and have added them.

*I couldn’t find all the dresses for this set; some dates of the newspaper were missing from the collection.