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Stan Cross Archive of cartoons and drawings, 1912-1974 [picture] / Stan Cross
Bib ID 3312886
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Cross, Stan, 1888-1977
 
Online Versions
Description 1912-1974 
4937 drawings : pen, ink and wash on paper ; 76.2 x 59.5 cm. and smaller. 
71 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 23.6 cm. and smaller. 
Summary

This collection is mainly comprised of approximately 4700 original artworks for Wally and the Major cartoon strips published between 1942 and 1969. The majority of cartoons in this collection were published between 1955 and 1969, as the Melbourne Herald discarded many of the strips from the earlier years. In addition there are: 12 rejected unpublished strips, approximately 175 individual cartoons, cartoon strips, paintings and drawings dated between 1912 and 1974 which include works for London's Punch, Perth's Sunday Times, Periscope, Smith's Weekly, Sydneysider and Melbourne's Herald. Also included are cartoons from the series Drawing from Australian life, Pudden, Dad 'n Dave, You and me, story illustrations, and advertisements for the Artists' Club balls. In addition 71 photographs of the family and sugar industry plus 130 original works by cartoonists who worked at Smith's Weekly and the Bulletin including: Cecil Hartt, George Finey, Syd Miller, Jim Russell, Joan Morrison, Frank Dunne, Joe Jonsson, Virgil Reilly and Unk White.

Biography/History

Stan Cross was born in Los Angeles, California in 1888 and migrated to Perth in 1892. Cross's first published cartoons appeared in Punch, followed by other publications including the Sunday Times and the Western Mail. In 1919 Cross joined Smith's Weekly in Sydney. His extensive work included one of Australia's earliest comic strips 'You and me' created in 1920 and continued by Jim Russell in 1940 and re-named 'The Potts'. It become the longest surviving comic strip in Australian newspapers. In 1933 Smith's Weekly printed Cross's cartoon, 'For gor'sake, stop laughing - this is serious!', hailed as "the funniest Australian joke drawing of all time". From 1940 Cross was employed by the Melbourne Herald and created The Winks which evolved into Wally and the Major. Cross was one of the earliest members of the Australian Black and White Artists' Club and served as President from 1931 to 1954. He retired in 1970 and died at Armidale, N.S.W. in 1977.

Notes

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-156179430

Related Material Papers of Stan Cross located at: National Library of Australia Manuscript collection MS Acc05/125, MS Acc07/83. 
Subjects Australia -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Australia -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Caricatures and cartoons.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century -- Caricatures and cartoons.
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