Wednesday, March 14, 2018

E. Simms Campbell: A Foolish Expenditure?

One of groundbreaking African-American cartoonist E. Simms Campbell's color pages from the January 1941 issue of Esquire depicts a black boy and girl contemplating a jewelry store's window display. The gag is possibly inspired by the Our Gang series of film shorts. The use of dialect is meant to come across as endearing and innocent. The cartoon is meant to be less funny than cute, and once again shows Campbell's incredible range.

"Don't you think it's kinda foolish t' spend a quarter for a diamond ring ef we
gonna keep our engagement a secret?"

E. Simms Campbell
Esquire, January 1941, page 130

Note:  Stay engaged! While Attempted Bloggery continues to examine the work of cartoonist E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971), readers can assist by providing high-resolution scans or photographs of outstanding original Campbell art or perhaps of forgotten published works such as this.


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