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Ms. Cecile Ann Meagher has recently published a collection of drawings of Uncle Sam, as portrayed by some of America's most famous editorial and political cartoonists. The book is called America's Favorite Uncle - Cartoonists Draw a Legacy. With over 120 original drawings of Uncle Sam this is a unique volume in American history.

Ms. Meagher was kind enough to provide Uncle Sam's Place with a copy of her book. The brief descriptions recieved prior to the book's arrival did not do it justice. There are eight chapters, the first 5 of which contain the majority of the drawings. Each of these chapters encompasses approximately 10 years of art work, from the early 1900's through to the 1950's. Each page ( 8 1/2" x 11" ) contains one large-format drawing, and most pages contain text about the artist and their professional work.

I found the facial expressions rendered by each artist to be most striking. An ostensibly fictious characater, Uncle Sam has been given many moods and has conveyed many messages throughout the years. Each artist has combined a common image of Sam with their own style, resulting in unique works of art.

Ms. Meagher outlines the history of this collection in her press release, as follows:

Craig Fox, of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a Gannett newspaper, started the collection when he contacted fellow editorial and political cartoonist friends and asked them to draw their interpretation of Uncle Sam for him. Before his death he had given the collection to Carl Raschen, also of the D & C. Before his death, he gave them to Bob Meagher, who was art director at the Democrat and Chronicle at the time.

Mr. Meagher recently passed away in May of 1994. Ms. Meagher, his widow, was encouraged to publish the collection and received support and advice from Jesse Earle Bowden, Editor Emeritus of the Pensacola News Journal. As Mr. Bowden states,

Now Cecile has fulfilled Bob's dream of preserving a unique, varied and powerful collage of pen-and-ink magic of cartoonists sharing the symbolic creation first popularized by cartoonist Thomas Nast and even today an enduring image revered by Americans.

For more information about the book and how you may order a copy, please vist their WWWeb site at www.Jonasent.net/UncleSam.htm. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go directly into the Robert C. Meagher Memorial Art Scholarship Fund.

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