Cartoon -- The Wild, Wild West.
Dart, Harry Grant, (1869 – 1938)
Periodicals -- Illustrations.
Caricatures and cartoons.
American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Life magazine covers were on a variety of topics. Each issue had a theme that was introduced by the cover and reflected throughout the issue. The theme of this issue was the "Wild West".
Harry Grant Dart was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1869. His worked for a time creating crayon portraits for the National Crayon Company brochures. He drew for the Boston Herald and the New York World. The World sent Dart to Cuba as a sketch artist for important events. Eventually, he became the art editor of the World. Around the same time, he started his cartoon strip, the Explorigator. The strip only ran for 14 weeks in 1908. Dart went on to become a very prolific cartoonist for Life and Judge during the 1920s. He is best known for his futuristic and aviation-oriented cartoons and comic strips. His detailed cartoons featured complicated perspectives and futuristic speculations. He died in New Hampshire in 1938.
From the signage in the cartoon, it appears that Dart modeled his Wild West town on Deadwood, South Dakota. It was a town founded on the gold mining industry and rapidly became a small metropolitan area with a number of saloons, gambling establishments, and brothels, which were legal businesses until 1919.
Two page center spread.
Volume 59, number 1530, page 394.
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9 1/2 x 11 inches
Print on paper
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