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More Anne Cleveland and Jean Anderson 
25th-Jul-2006 11:09 am
Okay, I've got another set of cartoons from Vassar duo Anne Cleveland and Jean Anderson. These scans are from the booklet Vassar: A Second Glance, copyright 1942. Again, I have no information on when or where these cartoons originally appeared, or if they ever appeared outside these booklets.

Tom Spurgeon understandably took issue with my jokey oversimplification of his take on Anne Cleveland in my previous post. He writes:

I like Anne Cleveland and Jean Anderson's work, and plan to write about Cleveland in the next year. It wasn't that the two weren't "all that," they're both obviously talented, it's that they weren't so overwhelmingly talented when compared to the male cartoonists of their time that their lack of name recognition proves a bias on the basis of gender. Or, to flip it around, there are a ton of male cartoonists who suffer from not being remembered just like those two aren't remembered.

Most cartoonists of that era that enjoy name recognition have either really long careers, are aligned with a popular strip, or did a significant amount of work for the New Yorker. I don't think it's a gender thing.

For the record, I agree with Spurge's general point. Within comics fandom, especially, the "name recognition" cartoonists are usually those who worked for many years on popular characters, mostly superhero characters. Magazine cartooning gets particularly short shrift, considering the extremely high quality of such cartooning during its heyday (and, to an extent, even today). And I don't think Cleveland and Anderson are great undiscovered talents whose existence will rock the world of cartooning. They didn't do enough work, for one thing, which is a problem that comes up again and again with gifted female cartoonists (and which I do think is tied to gender issues).

But I still think these cartoons are super rad, so I'm posting some more of them here.

I really, really love this 1940s teenage-girl look (aka the "Hilda Terry"): an oversized man's shirt, roll-up pedal pushers, and saddle shoes. They really did wear men's shirts; the style was popular enough that men's clothing companies started producing shirts in pastel colors for girls.

It's true. Like, hella Latin.

During my latest visit home, after a long search, my mother and I found the Cleveland/Anderson booklets and this $120,000 sheet of paper in the same place: wedged in the back of my brother's closet. Sigh. Someday I guess I oughta use this thing.

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25th-Jul-2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting these! they're absolute gold.

Isn't it funny how in the 30s and 40s girls were wearing men's shirts and shorts or pants, yet then the 50s came and took us backward into some imaginary "good old days."

I'm forwarding the cartoons to my dad who is a research librarian in a university library. he always puts cartoons on the window next to his office door and he'll love these (it's funny to watch students in a row staring at them).
25th-Jul-2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Wait, your middle name is Kelty?
26th-Jul-2006 01:51 am (UTC)

Yup. Isn't it lovely?
26th-Jul-2006 01:57 am (UTC)
That almost beats my brother's middle name*... almost.

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26th-Jul-2006 01:50 am (UTC)
I know! I'm guessing that one's earlier than most of the other cartoons, judging from the rougher artwork and unsimplified signature. But the expression and the swearing are excellent.

Incidentally, the girls are shown exiting from a building, which I believe is incorrect; Vassar's commencement ceremony is usually held outdoors. An accurate depiction can be seen in the toga-dance cartoon from last week.
25th-Jul-2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Wesleyan's is mostly in English, thankfully, even stooping to say "With Honors" instead of "cum laude."

It's great to see that the female undergraduate experience has altered only so much since that era.

As for that schoolgirl outfit trend, I was first made aware of it by way of Bugs Bunny. Whenever he pretends to be a fangirl, it's men's shirts, pedal pushers, and braided pigtails.
26th-Jul-2006 01:43 am (UTC)

Bugs Bunny in that outfit is MAD HOT. It's right behind Hillbilly Girl in the ranks of disturbingly sexy Bugs Bunny drag.
25th-Jul-2006 11:10 pm (UTC)
Hey Shaenon...thanks for posting all these.

I think the point of the Cleveland/Anderson matter, as it was when *I* originally posted it, is that it points out the very, very suspicious nature of such statements as "There have never been any women cartoonists" when that is demonstrably not true. I think Cleveland's cartoons are indeed charming and worthy to be remembered, and stand as some kind of reminder that the vast majority of female cartoonists are forgotten aside from the current crop of "pioneers" who have changed the playing field forever.

And of course many many male cartoonists have been forgotten...but why have ALL women cartoonists been forgotten?
26th-Jul-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
I love these! I especially love the fact that I recognize the classroom in the five minutes-three centuries one. :D
26th-Jul-2006 01:40 am (UTC)

Yeah, that's Rocky, ain't it? Used to do Laughingstock rehearsals there.
26th-Jul-2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Hm. I was thinking of the ground floor amphitheater in New England (although, I think both Rocky and New England have undergone significant interior remodeling since I would have been taking exams there?) Maybe all of the classrooms built during that era with multi-tier seating had that same sort of railing?
26th-Jul-2006 05:37 am (UTC)
All I know is that I took my Japanese final in that room last May.
31st-Jul-2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I LOVE these! Thanks for posting them, Shaenon.

I'm curious about your middle name, Kelty. I like it. Where'd your parents get it?

1st-Aug-2006 02:51 am (UTC)

It's my mother's maiden name, an Ellis Island corruption of "Kelly."
22nd-Jun-2007 06:45 pm (UTC)

Time/priveledge level
When you make mistakes you impact not only how much time you get up there but also your privelege level (no Planet Miracle vacations!!!). It also imposes a ceiling on how far you can ascend no matter how well you do up there, for in The Real End they will dispose of all your beloved celebrities on Planet Brain-Less Clones.

When you hear people speak in your head you are not listening to the actual people. It is the computer role playing.
Being involved would hurt these people. Even being role played does, likely to a lesser degree than "hands-on involvement".
This doesn't stop with those from Planet Earth::::Expect NO MIDDLE MANAGEMENT!!!
All of these goals can be accomplished with Artificial Intelligence, freeing individuals from incurring evil by hurting others.

I've illustrated how Contra Costa is preditory on blacks::::The Port Chicago Explosion was an early clue::::
1. Richmond's Iron Triangle, perhaps the worst region in the nation and the world for this degenerate black behavior. Of course just as Candlestick was the worst of the three sports complexes because it was SanFrancsico EXPECT BV/Hunter'sPoint&WesternAddition to give the Iron Triangle a run for its money.
It's just the way it is:::When the disfavored come into god's favored land (California) they are mercilessly attacked (60s), and this is why the three major sports complexes in California (LAForum, OakColus, SFCandlestick) were built in or on the edge of the ghetto.
And to anyone who listens to this positioning that "San Francisco has changed." needs to realize:::A leopard doesn't change its spots. All the homosexuals who are flooding into The City for the GayPrideParade proves it too.
San Francisco isn't just evil. San Francisco is the SOURCE of evil.

Just as we have a cutoff between the sexual and the non-sexual I expect we have another cutoff between the war-mongering and the peace-loving which excludes the participating groups from ascention past a certain level::::
1. Romans
2. Scandanavians
3. Japanese
4. Pawnee
5. THE UNITED STATES!!!! - Korea, Vietnam, Iraq.
Ever since the early 50s US citizens have officially become monsters and justifiably grouped with the others listed above.
Sorry folks. > 95% of you who go won't be getting off of Planet Brain-Less Clones.

Never forget the Italian geographic clue, for it can allieviate confusion::::
The gods have total control over the entire planet, script its history precisely and all that you see around you are tools used to mislead and tempt.

As sports memorabilia collectors learn more about the god's system they realize what they are doing is wrong. As light is shed people realize none of this material has value, and the more people understand the less value it retains. Whether the gods tell people to keep the price high ARTIFICIALLY is a different issue::::There is less demand and therefore prices should naturally fall. People just need to defy when told to buy, a common tactic the gods employ in the marketplace.
These people who trade/sell after they understand this issue hurt themselves. They incurr evil because they now know they are hurting others. This also applies to selling DVDs, CDs and software.

"We don't want a bunch of Mexicans showing up at Temple."::::::Please share with the audience about the cases of the disfavored attending Temple whom you are "persuading" to leave, ultimately with "hands-on" tactics. When you find the path there will be similar preditory tacitcs at your place of work, among your friends, even within your family.
You must navigate the god's tretcherous waters:::Tretchery is everywhere.

You people aren't god-fearing anymore. You think you're partners. Everything they've promised was always a lie. Officially it is classified as temptation. They offered this clue in the Bible:::There is no freewill.
If you are afraid, if you are fearful it is a good thing. You are thinking right, and far too many will never get to this point.
Try to take this fear with you everywhere you go, for it will help you think correctly and make good decisions.
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