100 Years of the LC

The Cartoon Connection

Throughout the 100 years of pages of the LC, cartoons were often printed, offering topical content and humor for our industry. Cartoons like this one from Frank Owen often had a culturally relevant message that spans generations.

Born Frank Edward Owen in Clarksville, Texas on February 22, 1907. He was the son of a hardware salesman and worked in the Texas oilfields prior to becoming a cartoonist with The Dallas Journal and later the Dallas Morning News. In 1931, Owen left Texas to become a staff artist at New Jersey’s Newark Ledger. Following a stint at the Ledger, Owen would begin freelancing. His articles would appear in the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Judge, and the New York American. Soon, he began sketching two cartoons a week for Collier’s Magazine, which is where Little Philbert was born and would later become a 1935 book of Philbert cartoons.

After an enlistment in the Navy during World War II, he wrote and illustrated the book Morris the Midget Moose. Morris’ character would become an animated Disney Short in 1950. He would also illustrate Ogden Nash’s Musical Zoo (1947) and Ted Key’s So ‘m I. In 1956 five of Owen’s cartoons were selected by Jerry Lewis for Parade Magazine’s September 9 issue. 

Owen passed away on February 24, 1971.

This cartoon was originally printed in the Feb. 1961 issue of the Lumber Co-operator