Here’s one of those things that drives us researchers bonkers. The Eternal Feminine was a Hearst feature; it ran in the New York American from December 3 1903 to July 5 1904, then switched over to the New York Evening Journal and ran there just three times in the period from January 11 to July 15 1905.
So far so good. But the sample above is one I just found in the LA Examiner running in late 1906. So was the feature being produced at this late date but not running in the Hearst New York flagships, or was the Examiner just plugging a hole using old stock? Without easy access to the American and Journal microfilm there’s no way to know, and if this sample isn’t found in the New York run that opens up a whole can of worms, since it means the New York papers weren’t running all the Hearst material even at this early date, when this researcher at least has always assumed they were reasonably dependable. I’m guessing, though, that the Examiner pulled this item from old stock since it’s the only one they printed in 1906.
Ah well. On to the series itself. Grace Weiderseim, better known to us as Grace Drayton, penned these panels right near the start of her long relationship with Hearst. It was her first non-Sunday series for the company. Drayton, of course, is best known outside comic strip circles for her Campbell’s Soup cartoons.