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Famous cartoonists of Delray now on display at the Historical Society

Politcal cartoon on inflation by W.J. Pat Enright on display at the Delray Beach 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.

A political cartoon work by H.T. Webster on display at the 1926 Bungalow.

One of many H.T. Webster political cartoons in the collection. Webster often wintered in Delray Beach while doing national syndicated political cartoon work for major U.S. newspapers.

These cartoons are at the start of the collection at the History Learning Center and features early political cartoon work by W.J. Pat Enright.


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David DiPino joined Forum Publishing Group in August 2006. As a reporter for the Delray Forum, David covers community news and writes a dining column twice a month that focuses on restaurants in South Palm Beach County.

He also is one of the writers of the twice-monthly Hometown Downtown column that looks at events, celebrations, and organizations in Delray and Boynton Beach. He freelances for the Sun-Sentinel during high school football and basketball seasons.

David spent 12 years working in the restaurant industry, and did just about every job in the back of the house, including line cook, sous chef, and dessert chef. A Florida native who lives in Jupiter, he studied Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. David enjoys playing the guitar, golf, boating and snorkeling during his free time.

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