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Asa Dean Finch Cartoons, 1930s-1940s
  
    A gift to SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2009

| Manuscripts Gifts 2009 | Front Page 2009 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |

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.

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.

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