Obscurity of the Day: How Christmas Began


A few days ago we discussed NEA’s closed-end strips, of which the most popular were their Christmas specials. Here is a Christmas strip from another syndicate, Associated Press. How Christmas Began was the AP’s 1951 entry; they published one every year (or almost every – I haven’t found them all … yet). The art on this one is by Sylvia Sneidman, the story is uncredited.

It may look like Sylvia didn’t know how to spot her blacks, but in fact the editorial matter suggests that the kids can have loads of fun coloring the pictures, so that’s why everything is done in simple outlines.

This one was a real shorty – it ran from 12/20 – 12/25/1951. Most Christmas strips are on the order of three weeks long.

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