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Snuffy Smith cartoon

Description:

This "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" comic strip was published on September 10, 1984. It shows letter carrier Snuffy Smith protecting his mail in the rain. In this panel, which was donated to the museum for its inaugural exhibits, the letter carrier uses one umbrella to protect himself and one to protect his bag of mail from the rain.

Cartoonist Fred Lasswell wrote and drew the strip for almost sixty years, although the strip itself is older than that. Originally created in 1919 by cartoonist Billy DeBeck, it continues to appear in newspapers and is one of the longest-running comic strips in history.

The strip suggests the phrase, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Not an official postal service motto, the phrase was engraved on the James A. Farley post office building in New York City by the building’s architects. The phrase also appears in a Blondie cartoon, Museum ID 1992.2057.2.

Date:
September 10, 1984
Markings:
IT'S UMBRELLA TIME 9-10 / Fred / Lasswell
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
13.3 x 34.9 cm (5 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)
Museum ID:
1993.2045.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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