Famous cartoonists of Delray now on display at the Historical Society
Political cartoons featuring satire by some of the nation's most famous cartoonists are now on display in the Delray Beach Historical Society’s "Famous Cartoonists of Old Delray" at two locations, the 1926 Florida Bungalow, 3 NE First St., and the History Learning Center, 111 N. Swinton Ave. The collection includes work by Fontaine Fox, who drew satire cartoons while spending winters in the city, and his peers W.J. Pat Enright, H.T. Webster, Denys Wortman, Jim Raymond and Milton Caniff. The collection spans U.S. history shedding lights on politics from 1909 all the way to the Vietnam War.
“The cartoon collection is one of the greatest treasures we have here at the Delray Beach Historical Society,” archivist Dottie Patterson said.
Patterson said looking at the cartoons, many of which are the original large pieces of art done by the cartoonists while working in Delray Beach before they were sent to national newspapers, shrunk down and mass syndicated, are like learning lessons on the issues of a vast time period in American politics.
“I just love the cartoons that H.T. Webster did on the changing role of women in World War II. H.T. Webster heavily concentrated his cartoons on the changing role of men and women in World War II,” Patterson said.
Each original work on display has been “de-acidfied and restored.” Patterson has also put together a lengthy history of the Famous Cartoonists of Old Delray in a large binder at the start of the exhibit in the History Learning Center.
Admission to the exhibit is free. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Jan. 29.
For more information, call 561-243-2577.