Asa Dean Finch Cartoons, 1930s-1940s| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2009
Forty-five items, ca. 1930s–1940s, consist of illustrated cartoons created by Asa Dean Finch (1906–1980), a native of Pauline (Spartanburg County, S.C.). A 1928 graduate of Furman University, Finch was a veteran of the Second World War and was employed by the Soil Conservation Service. While Finch’s obituary does not mention his work as a cartoonist, he appears to have produced the drawings and annexed quips or witty sayings during the Depression era. | Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The cartoons are divided into two groups and obviously were intended for publication, perhaps under syndication, since they are in printed format. The introductory panel of one set reads "Introducing - Frank Flipps and His Best Friend" and each cartoon, which features a sometimes bespectacled bald man with his ever-present pipe and bow tie, is signed A.D. Finch, Pauline.
Probably from a slightly later time period is another series, the introduction to which reads "Introducing ‘Schoolboy at Large’ Perusing and Musings ‘Wee Wondahs’ - He likes to play hooky from school, but he will be on hand in this paper every day. Meet him here as he goes perusing and a-musing!" Each of the second group is signed A.D. Finch, Chesterfield (S.C.).
Finch’s World War II registration record identifies him as an unmarried model maker or statistician without dependents.