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In prewar days, Junior Red
Cross members exchanged albums
with children in other lands, writ
ing descriptions of their daily lives
anil cutting out representative pic
tures to paste in the albums.
The current project is t lit? first
step in tlie lied Cross plan to re
sume and broaden its interna
tional exchange program. The
lied Cross believes such ex
changes "promote better under
standing, not only between chil
dren all over the world, but be
tween older people as well."
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"Home Of Better Values"
Carl Anderson Is Proud
Papa Of Comical 'Henry'
i Picture on Page Onei
By EDGAR BKOWN
Practically unknown to the
newspaper public i.s the creator tit
"Henry." America- funniest
youngster, and el aiti-.l Call An
derson has been plugging away at
a drawing buaru lor mure man -to
years ami today his cat loon strip
is read and enju;, t-d b 40,000, tllHI
devutees throughout the world.
The story of til-, tile i- one ol
dogged determination anil unwav
ering courage in I lie lace tit dr.
couragements which would have
beaten most men until at last al
ter more than three decades of
constant eff ort he created the char
acter which ha-, brought happiness
to millions and lame and forUiin
to the artist.
Anderson was born in Madison.
Wise, some 70 years ago. and it
was in that neighborhood he fir-t
learned the boyish pranks which
today are re-enacted in the Henry
His first workaday contact with
the world came in his Norwegian
father s planing mill, and looking
back on that period Anderson con
gratulates himself on his good
fortune: he (scaped with all his
fingers intact. But a blue scar fun
ning halfway around his right
thumb is evidence of an accident
that nearly stopped his art career
before il had even begun.
At the age of 24 Anderson de
veloped wanderlust anil lor a year
roved aimlessly through the West
Coast states, working at his trade.
Then one day he decided to be
come an artist and without further
ado travelled east to obtain in
struction at the Pennsylvania Mu
seum and School of Industrial Art.
His first job as an artist was on
the now -defunct Philadelphia
Times at $12 a week, turning out
pen and ink fashion drawings, and
his entrv into the big time came
when Judge magazine accepted one
of his cartoons. His next job was
on a Pittsburgh comic paper, and
filially he moved to New York, the
mecca of all cartoon artists. There
a bright young editor named Bris
bane hired him for Pulitzer's New
York World, where he did a Sun
finv nare about "The Filipino iV
When Hearst began raiding
Pulitzer's stall', Anderson joined
the parade to higher pay and
transferred to the New York Jour
nal, where he drew trout page
None of his comic characters at
tracted much attention, however.
"In fait, I had almost given up
the idea of earning a living with
my pen," says Anderson, "when
ubout 20 years ago I went back
home to be with nvy father who
tvas. desperately ill. And after he
died I stayed on In Madison with
my two sisters
Then one Iay an accident hap
pened. I drew a picture 01 a very
long-necked little boy that, seemed
to make everyone who saw him
laugh. That was the first 'Henry.
And here's how that happy "ac
cident" developed, it was in me
spring of 1932 and Anderson was
conducting an evening cartoon
das in the Madison Vocational
School. He had been living iu Mad
ison, doing free-lance drawing and
leaching at the school. Then one
iiiglit an eager young group of
pupils were crowded around his
desk, all eyes glued on his facile
As if by magic, there appeared
on the drawing board the picture of
a sway -backed, pot-bellied old nag.
A ery small boy was standing un
der the hors'e holding a second boy
who ,e comical bald head was press
ed against the horse's belly. And
the first lad was asking, "Does
your head feel warmer now, Hen
ry'.'" The class was convulsed with
laughter at sight of the naked
domed, pug-nosed, chubby-cheeked
boy with Hie long, thin neck. But
perhaps no one was quite so pleas
ed with the. drawing as was the cre
ator himself, for he immediately
envisioned wnai uie youngstei
might do for him.
His series of single panel car
loons depicting the boy's pranks
clicked instantly, and rare indeed
is there a skyrocket rise to fame
and fortune such as Henry has en
joyed in the six years since that
Within a few weeks the Henry
cartoons were appearing regularly
in the Saturday Evening Post and
they attracted an immediate lot
lowing, not only in the United
States but in many foreign coun
tries as well. And by me time iaj:
bad rolled around Henry hail pav
ed the way to riches for his creator.
In that year Anderson and Henry
were signed uy rung reaiures .-pullicate
for world-wide distribution.
Asked how the Inspiration of
Henry came to him, Anderson says,
"Oh, he jusl happened," but a
further explanation lies in the
artist's statement: "Kids nave al
ways fascinated me, and I have al
ways enjoyed drawing I hem." It
woujd seem that the idea of Henry
was lurking in the back of his
mind all along, awaiting the spark
of inspiration that came only after
years of effort.
"Henrv." savs AniTerson, "is a
very real person to me. I feel that
1 know what is going on in his mind
at alt times."-
The saucy, curly-headed blonde
with blue eyes and hair ribbon,
who somewhat resembles Henry
ami is the object of ins affections,
was suggested by a real-life model
who calls Mr. Anderson "Uncle
In explanation of the other char
acters who populate Henry's strips
Anderson says that pudgy gentle
men w ilh big stomachs and a scarc
ity of hair are an obsession of his
right hand and that he just can't
resist drawing them.
Incidentally, on the question of
whether Henry is really bald, de
spite his tender years, Anderson
says: "Henry is a platinum blond
with bis hair shaved off."
When Anderson is bent over his
drawing board, working on Henry,
he becomes oblivious to every dis
traction. Normally, however, hp is
a large, grey-haired, mild-man
nered man with a slow, gentle voice
and twinkling blue eyes framed by
Despite the fortune which he
has amassed as an artist, Alderson
earnestly maintains he is better at
cabinet-making than at drawing.
His favorite hobby, on which he
spends a couple of hours a day
whenever he can spare the time, is
working at a carpenter's bench in
his old-fashioned red brick house
on the shore of Lake Mendota.
And, next to Henry, his greatest
pride and joy is a child's desk
which he designed and which has
been marketed in Milwaukee
about $3.00. It can be folded
and carried about in a suitcase,
He is also a connoisseur of
cooking, likes to paint water
scenes, converse with children, and
Anderson takes a genuine inter
est in his fan mail and. although
he constantly receives messages
about Henry from throughout the
world, no letter is too trivial to
Notice is hereby given that I
will re-open my office in the Fer
guson Building in Wayv.esvillc,
North Carolina, for the practice of
law. on March 15, 1948, My crip
pled condition, caused by diabetes,
made it necessary for me to close
my office on August 20, 1947. Af
ter confinement in hospitals and at
home, alternately, and after fol
lowing prescribed treatment, for
the last five months. I am now
making such progress toward nor
mal condition of health that I can
resume my law practice on and af
ter March 15, 1948. I hereby ex
tend to my clients my deepest ap
preciation of their patronage dur
ing my sickness and absence from
my office. Up to and inclunirgj
March 15, 1948, 1 will prepare in
come tax returns for clients at my
home near Bethel school.
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merit a personal answer.
One of the most frequent sub
jects of correspondence is I he
writer's fear that Henry will catch
cold from wearing the same clothes
winter and summer. Anderson al
ways replies that Henry is a nig
ged lad and never suffers from ill
health, and you can depend on it
that the square-necked jersey will
keep right on appearing: It s tie-
signed to offset the roundniss cl I
Anderson devotes an average id
four hours lo drawing one daily
strip, but often he mulls over Hie
idea for a series for days before
he gets it into final form, ready to
put down on paper.
The artist arises at eight every
morning and breakfast at nine, but
he never starts the day s w in k un
til after the mail arrives al ten
Then he works until noon, lunches,
takes a short nap and goes to work
in earnest, sometimes staying al
the board until the wee, small
hours of the morning with only a
few minutes out for dinner.
He gets many a Henry idea from
watching moppets on the streets of
Madison. But most of the humor
ous antics and situations are drawn
from his own imagination.
Sharing the home, which was
ouilt 30 years ago by Anderson s
lather, are the artist's sisters. He
does his work in a modest, two-
room suite on the third Hour. There
Carl Anderson helps make each
day a little brighter for millions
of people the world over, and he's
happy In his work.
"It's a simple life and a busy
one," he says, "and I like it tre
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Time-consuming extr a duties
carried out by school principals is
diverting too much of their atten
tion away from supervisory school
services, it was staled at a called
meeting of the committee studying
school administration lor the State
Education Commission, held Satur
day in Haleigh.
CoK in C, Spencer, Carthage bus
inessman, said he knows ly ineipals
who drive trucks, lire boilers and
patch schoolbouse roofs. "Princi
pals are no longer educators, he
declared. "They are accountants
anil truck drivers.'" j
Committee chairman O. Arthur
Kirkman of High Point, railroad
executive, said that much of a prin-
cipal's time is consumed by ac-i
counting tasks, including admiiiis-!
tralion of money from athletic ,
events and other school activities.
W. 11. Pleinnions. executive sec
retary of the State Education Com
mission, reported on previous re
search that showed that a principal
spends approximately :t(l per cent
of his lime teaching, and only IU
per cent in supervision.
The committee consultant, Dr.
H I'. A Ives of the I1. S. Office of
Education, declared that "no other
business spends a million dollars
for a purpose that il never real
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North Carolina schools This in
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Other problems of school organi
zation and administration were al-o
discussed by the committee, which
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' a specific state agency, or state em
ploy ed engineers, to make routine
I inspections of school buildings,
j He also reported on a situation
; in Syha, which, he said, brings out
i another problem. Since an ele
i inenlary school building in Sylva
I was condemned, students have met
j tluee da., s a Week ill the high
, school buililmg. This leaves; only
, three other day. lor the high
school to meet. Ku:.s a-.ked if the
i ommittee would consider I ecom
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Attorney at Law,
Phon 486 Mam btreet
1709 Mch 5-9-12
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