Camera-ready comic art drawing for Smitty

Description (Brief)
In this pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Smitty newspaper strip, the title character secretly becomes engaged to Ginnie, who reveals that her aunt has been trying to arrange their engagement.
Walter Berndt (1899-1979) drew sports cartoons for the New York Journal-American in his early career. Later his freelance-created strip named Smitty was purchased by the Chicago Tribune. The strip was successful and was continued until Berndt’s retirement in 1973.
Smitty (1922-1973) reflected creator Berndt's own career. It told the story of a young, male office assistant. Smitty was just thirteen years old when began working for Mr. Bailey. Smitty had a happy home life with his parents and younger brother. He also had a friendly relationship with Mr. Bailey’s stenographer, Ginnie. Smitty eventually matured and married Ginnie.
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Berndt, Walter
Tribune Printing Company
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overall: 18 cm x 57.6 cm; 7 1/16 in x 22 11/16 in
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Cultures & Communities
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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