Posted By:Vance Pollock
Subject:James F. Carey, San Antonio newspaper advertising illustrator 1920s
Post Date:October 10, 2013 at 22:22:48
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Forum:Texas Genealogy Forum
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I've been trying to track down the artist and copyright holder for an illustration which appeared in newspapers during the late 1920s. It bears the slogan, "If you're so darn smart, why ain't you rich?"

The graphic features a hobo with his dog and was popularized in later years and various versions on everything from postcards to shot glasses.

Here are links to a couple of related images, the copyright entry which reads James F. Carey, San Antonio, Texas, 1927. Also the image as it appeared in the press with copyright notice J.F. Carey, 1927.

I couldn't find a James F. Carey in that region with an occupation suggesting artist, illustrator, advertising, newspaper, journalist, etc. It's possible that he did this work as a side-line and his career work could have been anything, or that he moved from the area soon after the image was copyrighted.

Any additional information about the identity of this man is much appreciated.

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