Friday, December 3, 2010

Another 1900 cartoon by R.C. Bowman

Indiana: "This is what a lady gets for being the bone of contention."

I haven't posted any cartoons from R.C. Bowman's The Minneapolis Tribune Cartoon Book for 1901: Being a Collection of Over One Hundred Cartoons by R.C. Bowman in a couple months. After the last post, which featured Bowman's cartoons about Montana Senator William A. Clark, I had a brief and pleasant exchange with a reporter working on a story about Clark's daughter Huguette (who may or may not be alive somewhere at age 104).

I've also been asked whether I knew when Bowman died. That information was not in the 1901 book, and Google only turned up that the Minneapolis Tribune published another book of his cartoons in 1903 (Bowman "doubtless exerts much influence In the Northwest," said a one-paragraph article in the New York Times reporting the book's publication), so I turned to the listserve of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. J.P. Trostle referred me to the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

There I discovered that Bowman's full name was Rowland Claude Bowman, and that he lived from 1870 to 1903. It also appears that the OSU BICL&M might have a copy of the 1903 book, and I hope it's in better condition than my copy of the 1901 edition.

Now you know as much as I do.


  1. Thanks for the info on Bowman! I recently acquired an article from The Strand Magazine in 1902 that highlights four American cartoonists, including Bowman. I posted on my blog, (URL below).

    Best Regards,

    Gus Frederick - The Davenport Project

    1. You're quite welcome, and thanks for posting the Strand Magazine article (and the link).