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October 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Eldredge Gallery
1111 E. Brookside Dr.
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 874-2859
Free and open to the public.
A color full page comic sheet from 1918 depicting the Kewpie characters and the dismal grumps.
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Rose O'Neill and the Kewpie Comics

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Kewpie doll was a much beloved elf-child created by illustrator Rose O'Neill. The Kewpie was introduced to the world in December 1909, in a cartoon published in the "Ladies' Home Journal." From December 1917 to July 1918, O'Neill produced a Kewpie comic strip for Sunday newspapers, distributed by the McClure Syndicate. These comics reprised stories already featured in "Woman’s Home Companion." Through the syndicate, the comic was published in newspapers across the country including "The Detroit Sunday News," "Los Angeles Sunday Tribune," "Times-Picayune," and the "San Francisco Chronicle." This exhibition features 15 hand-colored proofs from the Sunday comic series, as well as an additional three proofs from the more modern format Kewpie comic strip, published in the 1930s. These works are pulled from the Museum’s permanent collection and were gifted to the Museum in 2018 by the O’Neill Family Foundation.

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