The Work of Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise

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Toronto’s Good Old Days of Real Spark Plugs Gone Forever

March 29, 1924

This article by Fred Griffin described the days of horse trading in Toronto. “Spark Plug” was a reference to the wildly popular horse in the comic strip Barney Google.

There’s Always Boo Boo

March 19, 1938

This is another story by Merrill Denison about his dog, illustrated by Jim.

March 19, 1938

Yes! This is Glenlivit

March 14, 1931

This illustration by Jim accompanied an article by Ephraim Acres (the pen name of Hugh Templin). He wrote many stories about “Glenlivit”, a fictional small town, for the Star Weekly in the late 1920s and early 1930s. “Glenlivit” was also a pseudonym for the town of Fergus Ontario, where he was the newspaper editor of the Fergus New Record.

When Art is Long – and seems even longer

March 6, 1926

This illustration went with an article by Frank Mann Harris, known as “Six-Bit”, which makes fun of live theatre.

The Little Woman Gets Her License

February 25, 1928

This image went with a story by Merrill Denison about his wife getting her driving licence.

February 26, 1928

Do You Believe It or Not?

February 11, 1933

These drawing went with a story by Cyrus Leger about particular myths or urban legends. Other myths mentioned in the article that were not illustrated included “a child is influenced by what its mother sees or thinks before it is born”, “In old days people lived longer than they do now”, “hairy arms or chest indicates the person is very strong”, or that “those with a square jaw have great willpower”.

February 11, 1933
February 11, 1933

Crossed Shovels Rampant

January 16, 1932

This illustration went with a humourous story by Caesar Smith, a regular contributor to the Star Weekly in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Do You Cash in on What Gifts Santa Claus Brings You?

January 2, 1926

This is an image from an article by C. R. Greenaway on returning unwanted presents after Christmas.

Afraid to Go Home

December 11, 1920

This drawing went with a short article advertising the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund, a charity for the poor. The article talks of the unemployed father who finds it hard to go home to the family for the Christmas season with nothing. It still runs every year, and you can donate at the link above.

Ontario’s Crime Sheet Amazingly Clean

November 27, 1926

This illustration accompanied a story by Frederick Griffin about the higher rate of crime in the United States due to gangsters and Prohibition.

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