"The food here is absolutely
terrible, but they serve
All of the cartoons appear to have been drawn on 11x14 paper in marker.
I stared at the signature, which appeared as two words:
"I've read all your books
and I think your spelling
is simply superb."
"Some day, Morton, there's going
to be a newspaper strike and
you're going to get the shock
of your life!"
"The fact is, Granby, you'vebeen replaced by a transistor."
The semiconductor known as a transistor was created in 1907, and went into wide use after WWII. So, this cartoon, implying that everything that's out there has a transistor component, may relate to the 1960s or so.
"You don't have to wait for
the government to slash
income taxes, Higgins. I
took care of it by cutting
"Let me tell you a thing or two!"
So, below is a cartoon from 1942 that may be related to the ones above:
YANK Magazine featured the above cartoon by Cpl. Allen A. Kleinwaks in its December 9, 1942 issue.
I think this was the fellow.
A Newark, NJ native, Mr. Kleinwaks got a job as an artist with the Newark Star Eagle newspaper and then with commercial firms when he was a teenager. His drawings were blown up to billboard size for movie advertisements, including THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) and ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930). During WWII, he contributed to Yank Magazine as an artist correspondent beginning in its year of inception.
After the war, he did a variety of jobs. He worked managing a chain of New York City photo studios. He had a large store in New Jersey that sold toys and sports equipment. He was also selling to the gag magazine markets: Colliers, Look, the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's.
When his wife Eleanor's father was sick, they moved to Waterford, CT.
In 1966 he opened The Wine Merchant in Old Saybrook, CT. He and Eleanor co-managed the store. He opted not to have major brand wines for sale. They were not good-tasting, he thought. He offered low-cost, good wines from all over the world.
And if you walked into The Wine Merchant while Mr. and Mrs. Kleinwaks were running it, you would see the cartoons that he drew, all over the place. He also put his cartoons in the store's newsletter, which reached a peak of 500 subscribers a month.
They sold The Wine Merchant in 1982, with Mr. Kleinwaks promising to continue the newsletter and concentrate on drawing cartoons.
He died two years later.
I don't know where the half dozen cartoons in the Gorham, Maine shop showed up from. Maybe they were originally hanging in the store. Maybe they were in a relatives' storage facility. How they got to Maine, I don't know.
Well, you know the Internet. Maybe someone will see these and know more than me! Hope so.
"New London's Wine Man Retires - But Drawings and Newsletter Will Continue" The Day, New London, CT. Sunday, April 4, 1982.
Allen Kleinwaks obituary. The Day, New London, CT. November 8, 1984.