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My Mother on the Comics Page

June 28th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Before my mother married, she spent some time in NYC as an artist and model. I was familiar with her paintings growing up, but she never talked much about her modeling. After she died, I found a scrapbook containing photos and clippings from her college years. I was surprised by one clipping from an unidentified Oklahoma paper, which mentioned she was working for the Harry Conover Agency in NYC. Beneath it, she’d pasted a “Li’l Abner” strip (10/25/47) in which Mammy Yokum visits the Harry Conover Agency. Mammy Yokum was drawn, but Conover and the models were photographed. (Please click on it to see it larger.)

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Fortunately, “Li’l Abner” has been reprinted, so I can take a look at a larger and clearer copy. It’s still hard to tell, given the dot matrix, but I think my mother is the one on the right, behind Mammy Yokum. She would have been 20. Typically, she never mentioned this.

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(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Cartoons

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamie // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Back in the 90’s and the aught’s, I met your mammy. That is absolutely your Mammy!

  • 2 norman conquest // Jul 11, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Go Mom!!

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