George McManus (1884-1954) was a cartoonist and created the comic strips
Rosie's Beau and his most famous strip,
Bringing up Father.
Bringing up Father became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world and a play based on the strip toured the country
in the 1920s. The collection contains 16 folio volumes of proof sheets of McManus' comic strip
Bringing up Father (1918-39) and one folio volume of proof sheets of his comic strip
Rosie's Beau (1917-18).
McManus was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 23, 1884; at the age of 15 he became a cartoonist first for the St. Louis Republic, and then for the Post-Dispatch; moved to the New York World in 1904, and the New York American in 1912, where he created the comic strips Rosie's Beau and his most famous strip, Bringing up Father, which began in 1913; it became internationally known, appearing in 750 newspapers throughout the world; a play based on
Bringing up Father toured the country in the 1920s, and radio programs were based on the strip; 11 films based on the strip were made, with
McManus appearing in four of them; the first of 28 annual editions of Bringing up father in book form sold more than 1.5 million
copies in 1915; McManus made his home in Southern California after 1929; appeared on radio and television programs and was
in demand as an after-dinner speaker; received many honors, including the American Red Cross meritorious service award; died
in Santa Monica, California, on October 22, 1954.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
12 oversize boxes
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