Miss Scoopem is a reporter for The Daily Smudge who has a nose for news, unfortunately she tends to pick up the wrong scent more often than not. The creator is Charles H. Wellington, who you may remember from Dreamy Dave. Given these appeared in 1906, the fact that Miss Scoopem starred in her own strip and was the butt of jokes based on her bumbling personality as opposed to strictly her sex makes this one seem a bit progressive (though there are some decidedly non-progressive elements at play too). I certainly don’t get the feeling Wellington created this strip as an excuse to draw a pretty gal as was often the case when a female character took center stage, but I guess we’ll never know for sure…
I’m not sure what’s so up-to-date about these…yeah, I realize they’re over a hundred years old, but still, they lack the sort of zing one might expect with that snappy title. At any rate, please welcome The Animals’ Mother Goose Up-To-Date to our site! The one above caught my eye as it is clearly a take off of McCay’s Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend, or were Welsh rarebit fueled nightmares such a thing back then that this would be purely coincidental? The signature appears to be Goewey (I would guess Ed Goewey, but this appears rather stylized compared to his usual scratchy signature). As far as I can tell, this ran as a series of ten and we have them all.
I’m pretty sure this is from Ryan Walker, dated March 9, 1906. Love the front of that car.
Not the tragic fellow we met recently, but a gentleman I feel for just the same – let me introduce you to Jack Callahan’s Bonehead Bill! This one ran only a handful of times, which seems extremely short, but perhaps the public recognized the boneheaded maneuvers of our titular hero Bill as fairly minor gaffes and did not wish to see him further subjected to humiliation. Or perhaps Jack Callahan had other ideas he wanted to explore…who knows?
Here we have the sad cautionary tale of Bill Bonehead, a man who trusted capitalists, politicians and preachers only to end up in a pauper’s grave. As far as i know, these are the only three episodes. I know nothing of T.T. Woods, though I do have at least one more cartoon I plan to get up here soon.