Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Classic Jack Hamm Cartoon: "Hope the Communist Can't Offer"

By Jack Hamm - "Hope the Communist Can't Offer", from the Sunday Journal and Star (Lincoln, Nebraska).                 Sunday, July 19, 1953.

This comic panel was published close to the end of the Korean War, but it should still offer encouragement to missionaries serving abroad. The scripture used is from Romans 5: 3- 5.

 "3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (King James Version).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Classic Jack Hamm Cartoon: "Prayer For A Troubled Time"

"Prayer For A Troubled Time" by Jack Hamm. From the Austin American (Austin, Texas) Sunday, June 17, 1951. 

"Therfore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" - Mark 11:24

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Classic Jack Hamm Cartoons: "Heritage From Our Forefathers"

"Heritage From Our Forefathers by Jack Hamm, from the Austin American-Statesman, Saturday June 30, 1951.
 Happy July 4th and Independence Day for my American readers. Here are more Jack Hamm comic panels that were published close to this special day. The second panel is especially true to remember on special dates and holidays.

"Appreciation Knows No Season" By Jack Hamm, from the Austin American-Statesman, Saturday, July 4, 1953. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Classic Jack Hamm Cartoon: "Empty Shelves and Empty Pews"

"Empty Shelves and Empty Pews" by Jack Hamm. This cartoon appeared in the Sunday Journal and Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), Sunday, July 12, 1953
This 1953 comic panel by Jack Hamm illustrates the great truth of John 6:35, that Jesus is the Bread of Life, but many will seek to fill their hunger elsewhere. Hamm was a master of drawing techniques to create the illusion of mass crowds of people. This panel is a great example of that skill that he also shared in his popular drawing books.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Classic Jack Hamm Cartoon: "Two Men In Prayer"

This cartoon by Jack Hamm appeared in the Saturday, August 11, 1951 issue of the Austin American (Austin, Texas). Luke 18: 9-14.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Classic Television: "Scripture Sketches"

Scripture Sketches
TV drawing series with cartoonist Lois J. Fisher
Broadcast: June 20, 1954 - October 23, 1955 (as "Scripture Sketches"); October 30, 1955 to January 9, 1956 (as "Krayon Kronicles"). KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco, California, USA
Sundays at various times, originally at 1:30pm, later at 11:45am.

Lois J. Fisher drawing a Bible scene for "Scripture Sketches". From the Oakland Tribune Sunday, September 4, 1955.

For several years I have researched pioneering cartoonist, and television hostess/producer Lois Jeanette Fisher (c. 1904 - 1988). Miss Fisher combined her talents for the camera and cartooning in at least 4 television programs all broadcast before 1955. She did experimental broadcasts in Chicago in 1946 where children were asked to trace drawings on their television screens, making her one of the first people make television interactive. This was followed in 1949 by a live children's drawing program for WPIX in New York called "Trace-A-Pix" and another Chicago children's series "Lois and Looie" from 1950 - 1951. She was well known as the author and illustrator of the 1947 children's book "You and the United Nations"

At some point Ms. Fisher moved to the San Francisco area to appear on "Scripture Sketches" for KRON-TV, Channel 4. In the first episode she retold the story of "Noah and the Ark" The program was praised in a September 4, 1955 issue of the Oakland Tribune newspaper.

Bible Picture Stories (cover) by Lois J. Fisher. (1955) published by Children's Press, Chicago.
Miss Fisher's interest in Bible drawings began while she was a little girl as she drew Bible stories during the sermons and hymns.

In response to "Scripture Sketches" parents and children began requesting drawings from Miss Fisher for home study. She did mail artwork to audiences while supplies lasted. This led to the development of a book "Bible Picture Stories" published by the Children's Press of Chicago. While the program was only seen the California - Nevada viewing area, Lois J. Fisher was able to reach and teach a larger audience with her book. Also it serves as a great record of her drawing style and the content of her Bible program. The Oakland Tribune article suggests that this book was to be the first in the series, but only one was published.

Beginning in the fall of 1955 the series continued as "Krayon Kronicles" but it is not known how and if the series content changed.

If anyone reading this article owns one of Lois J. Fisher's Bible drawings that was given away during the program's run, or has fond memories of this series, I would love the hear from you.

- James R. Stewart Jr.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

He Is Risen - 2018!

The following are scans of illustration by Arthur O. Scott for the children's book New Testament Retold For Children (1936) by Lillie A. Faris.

Happy Easter and Resurrection Sunday!! 

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.