Friday, February 22, 2013
From the Bookshelf
This vastly over-sized volume (12x14") is a treasure trove of Sunday comic strips, graphic art and advertising from the late 1800s to just prior to WWI. The World was Joseph Pulitzer's newspaper and one of the first to use colour. The Funny Side supplement featured a variety of different strips which became massively popular during these two decades and gave the form its nickname of the "funnies." The World also used colour in its Sunday magazine which featured a variety of illustrated articles. The book is not only an eye candy treat, but fascinating for the history buff as well. In this day of newspaper closures across the country I found it rather poignant to re-visit this era, a hundred years ago, when papers were King and played such a vital part in people's lives.