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Cartoon Scrapbooks of Clare A. Briggs

Clare A. Briggs (1875-1930) was an American cartoonist. Briggs’ big break was with his comic strip called "A. Piker, Clerk," which ran in both Chicago American and Chicago Examiner. It is considered to be among the first daily comic strips at the beginning of 1904. In 1907, Briggs secured a position with the Chicago Tribune, where he developed "Oh Skinnay, In the Days of Real Sport." Then in 1914, he transferred to the New York Herald-Tribune, where he remained until his death. Throughout his career, Briggs created several strips and dozens of single-panel series.

The collection includes one scrapbook containing New York Herald Tribune newspaper clippings, chiefly from the cartoon series "When a Feller needs a Friend" and "The Days of Real Sport" by Clare Briggs. These cartoons often depict his recollections of small-town boyhood life in Wisconsin. They are portrayed in a single panel format with descriptive subtitles.