For today’s post, we resume our April Fool’s Month theme of amateur cartoonists. In the early 20th century, most towns had at least one newspaper, and a great many of those newspapers employed their own cartoonist. Aspiring cartoonists could attempt to learn their craft via numerous correspondence schools. One of those schools was run by W.L. Evans.
Receiving the mailing did not mean you were in the school — one had to apply and send payment, after which Lesson Booklets would be sent. Below, is the Application for Enrollment with W.L. Evans’ School of Cartooning, plus a short pamphlet of questions that the prospective student was to return.
Clicking on a book or pamphlet cover, will open up that entire pamphlet.
(Use the CLOSE button found at the far bottom right, to Return.)
The contents sent in the Cartoon Portfolio changed over time. The examples below come not from Mrs. Agnes Nelson’s envelope, but from two other potential Evans students — Mr. George Stead, 114 Clay Street, Martin Ferry, Ohio, and a Homer Dallri, address unknown.
Finally, to close out this post, below is a sketch by prospective student George Stead, found in his portfolio.