Item #31705 The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 36. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow. Pat "The Roaming Dreamer" Mulkern, eds.

The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 36. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow

New York: Hobo News, 1945-46. First edition. Tabloid format, offset printed on reddish newsprint.

This issue includes Ronda Fleming on the cover, then just 21 years old and starring in Spellbound. Also on the cover is Three Ritz Brothers, interviewed in this issue by Ann Suplock. Within, there is John Peter Toohey, Frank Rose, Harold Helfer, E.P. Herman (on a case of counterfeit money in Philadelphia), Joseph Charles Salak (a boxing story), robert E. Fauchier (poem), George W. Morgan (poem), the Hobo Days column by the Chicago Kid, and more. Also within are comics by Harold, Shire, Bob Barnes, Al Sayre, Frank Parish, W. C. Rhodes, Paul Turbeck, Demarco, B. W. Taylor, C. Shaver, Emory Sorenson, Schade, Al Ellis et al. The back cover has a photograph of Cynthia blaire and Nadine Laurence having a mishap during a jitterbug routine. Great issue.

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."

Single staple to left margin, and some toning and an old fold line, but a generally sound, very good issue and scarce thus - the periodical was printed on the worst possible paper and surviving copies are scarce. Item #31705

Price: $75.00

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