Wednesday, March 28, 2018

E. Simms Campbell: USO Calling

The United Service Organizations (USO) was founded in 1941 to improve the morale of the United States Armed Forces. USO centers were opened at home and abroad. The Camp Shows began in October 1941 and were to become famous for entertaining the troops with celebrities such as Bob Hope. E. Simms Campbell's timely color cartoon from the December 1941 issue of Esquire imagines—what else?—a showgirl with a very personal stake in the new organization.

"U. S. O. calling—have you made your donation yet?"
E. Simms Campbell
Esquire, December 1941, page 128?

Note:  Let's put on a show! Attempted Bloggery continues its revue of the work of prolific cartoonist E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971). Readers are invited to submit high-resolution scans or photographs of original Campbell art or perhaps of forgotten published cartoons such as this one. 

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