Thursday, May 11, 2017
Treasures From the Worcester Room: A Historic Cartoon
According to articles in the Worcester Telegram, Mattus had a long and distinguished career as an illustrator, becoming well known for Hawaiian landscapes painted during the Second World War. He also assisted Leon Kroll in creating the war memorial paintings in the Worcester Memorial Auditorium. Not to mention, he had a decades long career as an illustrator for the Worcester Telegram, which led to the creation of this particular cartoon. While undated, this particular cartoon likely appeared in the Worcester Sunday Telegram's Feature Parade Magazine during the 1940s or 50s. The item in question appears to be Mattus's original drawing, and contains notations telling newspaper staff how much to reduce the image for inclusion into the paper.
Many things have definitely changed in the years since Mattus's cartoon was first published. For example, the library no longer lends out record albums, and cataloging staff no longer must hand-write out cards for a card catalog. However, as Mattus charmingly illustrates, the library then as now serves as a place for young and old alike to check out items, converse socially and learn more about the world. It just goes to show, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This historic cartoon is just another example of the unique and fascinating items that you can find in the library's Worcester Room Collection.
More about Mattus and his work: http://www.telegram.com/article/20140626/NEWS/306269949
Posted by Alex