Item #31638 The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 41. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow. Pat "The Roaming Dreamer" Mulkern, eds.

The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 41. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow

New York: Hobo News, c. 1945. First edition. Tabloid format, offset printed on reddish newsprint.

Of special note in this issue is Gladys Greene's America's Tenth Man column, dedicated to the achievement's of African-Americans in American society. This issue includes Carol Bruce and Rosemary La Planche on the cover, a letter to congress by Jack Harris on veterans being frozen out of postwar money, Jack Kennedy's Broadway Notes column, The Still Rugged Individualists by Harold Helfer, a poem by John L. Shea, L.N. Kilman's remarkable Conconformist Humor column, the Hobo News Quiz by Samuel Churgel, "That Good Old Hobo Town," a poem by John Prevail on the 1946 Hobo Convention in Britt, and comics by Hobo Demarco, Joey, Dobbs, Walt Munson, Shows, Ted Schlief, Al Confrances, Steve Wagner, W.C. Rhodes, Al Stine, J. Botos, Jess Meltsner (a Lazy Lem strip) et al,

A worn, fair only example, the outer sheet mostly split along spine, with other wear, but complete and legible. The periodical was printed on the worst paper possible and surviving copies are scarce in any condition.

Hobo News was the legendary hobo newspaper of the Bowery, which documented the life of itinerant, down and out Bohemia of New York City, and was the subject of an infamous court case concerning the free press which was documented in Life Magazine. "To the vast surprise of a Manhattan police court last week, a mussy little prisoner informed the judge that the issue at stake in his case was not whether he had been caught peddling in Times Square without a license, but whether or not the U.S. people were the enjoy the rights and privileges of a free press... the journal which was thus defended is like no other paper on earth. It is a peach and saffron tabloid full of hand-me-down line drawings and photographs of celebrated sundowners, sentimental verse, advertisements of rabbits' feet and 'surprise novelties.' ... It is distributed in Manhattan by its editors, elsewhere by itinerants at 5 cents a copy - 10 cents 'if we can get it.' ... Next to the editors of the New Yorker, publisher and staff of the Hobo News are probably the most picturesque group of journalists in the US. Editorial offices - and living quarters for some contributores - are in a cluttered cellar on Manhattan's noisy 17th street. Here publisher Mulkern is surrounded by an editorial board which includes 'Crown Prince Bozo,' Dean o'Brien and Otis O. (The Boomer Poet) Rodgers. Press, linotype and paper, bought on credit by the Roaming Dreamer in 1935, are paid for out of profits on the installment plan." Item #31638

Price: $75.00

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