The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

February 6, 2012

February 6 1932

Charles Addams (January 7, 1912 to September 29, 1988) was one of America's greatest cartoonists. His first cartoon in The New Yorker was published in the February 6, 1932 issue. His first Addams family cartoon (as it would later be called) was published in 1938 in that magazine. No doubt he made a lot of money from the spin-offs for the Addams family theme, but it was the cartoon form I believe, that best suited the macabre zaniness and aristocratic aplomb of his drawings. One cartoon has the caption: "It's the children, darling, back from camp." The drawing shows a delivery man in the door-way, holding two cat-carriers.  There is a child visible in each.

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