Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sonny Sayings Strikes Again
The packet contained a letter and envelope dated March 9, 1927. In the fold of the letter were 26 clippings of Fanny Y. Cory's cartoon SonnySayings.
Fanny Cory, of course, was one of Baum's early illustrators. She illustrated both The Master Key (1901) and The Enchanted Island of Yew (1903), and she was an important and early woman cartoonist, best known for these SonnySayings cartoons and her depression era comic strip Little Miss Muffet.
The letter to "Betty" from "N. M." makes reference to the clippings: "Am sending some clippings I cut out of the N. Y. paper, thought they were 'cute,' expect you will think I'm a nut."
SonnySayings is an acquired taste. Or put another way, a little Sonny goes a long way. I have a couple scrapbooks full of clippings at this point - these were a nice addition. I think they're sorta cute, but expect you'll think I'm a nut.