Three New Image Galleries Featuring Louisville Cartoons and Cartoonists

Sketch of Fontaine Fox [Mss. A F791 / 1]

If you have never checked out our curated image Galleries here on The Filson’s website, or it has been some time since you have done so, now is a great time to take a peek. Our recently added galleries include the work of three wonderful Louisville artists and cartoonists – Wyncie King, Wallace Mathis, and Fontaine Fox.

Lieutenant Adrien Florent [Mss. A K54 / 1]

Lieutenant Adrien Florent was a member of the French Military Mission at Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I. [Mss. A K54 / 1]

King drew caricatures of many notable Louisvillians and visitors to Louisville in the 1920s, and many of his original drawings are held by The Filson. Wallace Mathis and Fontaine Fox both created memorable newspaper cartoon characters. The Filson holds over 1000 of Mathis’s drawings, including many of his comics featuring the Depression-era tramp “Rollin’ Stone.” A Louisville native, Fox created the indelible Toonerville Folks comics that ran in newspapers across the country throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Fox’s Toonerville Trolley, and the many characters who appeared on it and in the comics, are represented by original drawings and newspaper clippings in The Filson’s collections.

Tired of Little [Mss. A M431 / 39]

In the United States, approximately 25-30 percent of the workforce was unemployed in 1932.

Find out more about each of these unique artists, and explore selected images from the The Filson’s holdings, by clicking the following links:

Louisville's Personalities as Captured by Wyncie King

Wallace Mathis's Humor of the Great Depression Era

All Aboard Fontaine Fox's Toonerville Trolley

Aaron Rosenblum

Aaron Rosenblum is an Associate Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society.

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