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Blondie comic strip

Description:

This “Blondie” comic strip features the letter carrier Mr. Beasley, a character who has appeared regularly in the strip since the early 1930s. This feature plays off the famous phrase “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” It also shows the letter carrier noting with fear that “lightening is a whole different ball-game.” Not an official postal service motto, the first sentence was engraved on the James A. Farley post office building in New York City by the building’s architects.

Chic Young (1901-1973) began drawing the “Blondie” comic strip on September 8, 1930. On February 17, 1933, Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead, and the comic began taking the form it has to this today. After Young’s death, his son Dean worked with Jim Raymond and Stan Drake, among others, to keep the strip going. In 1995 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the strip’s place in American comic history by adding it to the 'Comic Strip Classics' series of U.S. stamps.

Resource:

Horn, Maurice, editor. The World Encyclopedia of Comics, New York: Chelsea House, 1976, p. 118, 175.

Date:
April 25, 1992
Markings:
MR. BEASLEY, / YOU SHOULDN'T / BE OUT IN / THIS / WEATHER!...; YOUNG / & DRAKE / 4-25 [copyright symbol] 1992 King Features Syndicate, Inc. World Rights Reserved
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 5.5 x 16.3cm (2 3/16 x 6 3/8in.)
Museum ID:
1992.2057.2
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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