Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dorothy McKay in College Humor, October 1937

One surefire way to get the young collegiate or even college-bound reader on your side is to mock the duplicity of the older generation. In the October 1937 College Humor, cartoonist Dorothy McKay makes fun of both the football coach who gambles on his own team's success and the executive who gambles against his own secretary's morals.

"Let's see some of that school spirit, you guys—remember, I got a hundred bucks on this game!"
Dorothy McKay, College Humor, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1937, page 38

"Nobody's perfect, Miss Smith—so I'll expect you to make a few mistakes."
Dorothy McKay, College Humor, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1937, page 44

Note:  The October 1937 number of College Humor resides in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Boss at the Butler Library and to thank him personally for the 5,600 humor titles he so generously donated. My thanks also go out to Karen Green, the Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia, surely the happiest alliterative job title anywhere.

Except for her work published in the New Yorker, much of Dorothy McKay's output is obscure. If you have examples of her published work or original art you'd like to share here, please let me know.

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