Obscurity of the Day: 408 Maple Street

408 Maple Street was a gag panel printed sporadically in the Christian Science Monitor. The creator, Chase Craig, did quite a bit of cartooning work for that paper in the 1930s and early 40’s, but he rarely stuck with any one thing for long. This series was his shortest, running from May 5 to July 21 1941.

This keyhole view of family life was one of Craig’s better outings in my opinion, so it’s a shame he didn’t stick with it longer. I get the feeling that the Monitor didn’t pay very well and he only produced work for them when he had no better outlet for his work. He may even have done his Monitor work as a donation to the organization, as I get the impression that wasn’t uncommon.

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