Item #31708 The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 37. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow. Pat "The Roaming Dreamer" Mulkern, eds.

The Hobo News Vol. 6 No. 37. A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow

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

This issue features Dolores Moran and an unnamed Paramount dancer on the cover. Notable contributions within include a rare poem by the enigmatic Ed 'Vagabond' Bodin, mentor to L. Ron Hubbard and writer on many occult topics, Jack Kennedy's Broadway Notes column, poems by Harold Samson, Edward D. Gardner and Walter Alderman, Ann Suplock on James D. C. Murray, Richie Waddell, Socrates Jones, Harold Helfer, The Chicago Kid with his Hobo Days column, numerous comics, and more.

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."

Foxing and toning to the paper, with some short edge nicks and an old horizontal fold, but generally very good and scarce thus. The paper was printed on terrible quality newsprint and survivors are scarce. Item #31708

Price: $75.00

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