Hershfield, Harry

The “Jewish Will Rogers”, radio, television and newspaper humorist, “Abie The Agent” comic strip creator

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Harry Hershfield (1885-1974) American cartoonist, humor writer and radio personality, called "the Jewish Will Rogers". He studied at the Frank Holmes School of Illustration and the Chicago Art Institute, and his career began at 14, drawing sports cartoons and his comic strip about a dog, “Homeless Hector”, for the Chicago Daily News in 1899. He drew for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1907and by 1909, was hired by Arthur Brisbane to work for Hearst's New York Evening Journal. He switched to the New York Graphic where he did “If I'm Wrong, Sue Me!” and when the Graphic folded, went to the New York Herald Tribune and drew “Meyer the Buyer”. In 1910, he started “Desperate Desmond”, a humorous continuity strip burlesquing melodramas, dime novels, and fiction weeklies. In 1912, he introduced “Dauntless Durham of the U.S.A.”, a handsome, pipe-smoking combination of Sherlock Holmes, Nick Carter and Frank Merriwell. In 1914, Hershfield created “Abie the Agent” that continued until 1940 and dealt with contemporary Jewish life in a big city, specializing in gags with a Yiddish flavor. In the 1930s, he was in demand as a banquet toastmaster; during his lifetime, he was toastmaster or emcee at an estimated 16,000 events, including charity affairs, dinners and stage benefits. Involved in a 1933-35 legal battle with Hearst, he drew a Sunday half-page, “According to Hoyle”, for the New York Herald-Tribune in those years. He entered radio with a program called “One Man's Opinion”, and just after he brought “Abie the Agent” to an end in 1940, he became a well-known radio personality, telling jokes on “Stop Me If You've Heard This One” and “Can You Top This?” He was a frequent guest on early television shows during the 50s. Hershfield also was a columnist for the New York Daily Mirror. His books include “Laugh Louder, Live Longer” and “Now I'll Tell One.” Nice autograph sentiment signed and inscribed to a Salvation Army Settlement and Day Care Center on his 8 ½ x 5 ½ personal letterhead, Chaning Building, New York City; undated.

Condition: Very good, light bend at top right corner
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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