Thursday, January 25, 2018

Syd Hoff in College Humor, July 1937

In 1935, George Gallup began to conduct his door-to-door polling. By 1937, cartoonist Syd Hoff took note in College Humor that Americans were welcoming Gallup into their homes.
"But, darling, Mr. Gallup is our guest!"
Syd Hoff

College Humor, Vol 5, No. 3, July 1937, page 29

Hoff liked this next cartoon enough to include it in his 1944 collection Feeling No Pain. Today we might even call it "empowering."
"My God! I just remembered—we have met before!"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 3, July 1937, page 35

To wit:
Syd Hoff, Feeling No Pain, 1944, pages 54-55

Finally, Hoff's humor can get a little dark:
"Excuse me, please, but my wife is drowning."
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 3, July 1937, page 44

Note:  There are some 5,600 magazines in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection, and it can take quite a bit of time to go through it just three pages at a time as we have done here today. The July 1937 issue of College Humor along with the rest of this worthy collection is housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University and is available to the discerning public. To learn more, contact Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green. 

I am eager to see additional scans or photographs of original art by Syd Hoff as well as scarce published gag cartoons, illustrations, and advertising art. I know I'm not the only one who can use a library.

External Links:

Syd Hoff, Cartoonist & Author

Syd Hoff's Wikipedia Entry

Syd Hoff on Ink Spill

Syd Hoff in Christopher Wheeler's Cartoon(ist) Gallery 

Syd Hoff in the collection of Syracuse University

Syd Hoff on Hairy Green Eyeball

Syd Hoff's proposed cover designs for Danny and the Dinosaur

Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

Syd Hoff

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