A special thank you and a prize of some ‘engagement ring bling’ goes out to my childhood friend Dianne Lannon for helping me find the calendars which I have been puzzling over. They were advertising calendars for Charles E. Frosst featuring “Dingbats” who were busy little creatures performing medical care or other investigations. I had recalled them as having pointy heads but no, their heads were nice and round but they did have 2 long wisps for eyebrows and another few just over their ears and, as Lance says, they may have evolved. They apparently have been around since 1915 so really, why should I have so much trouble finding them? Even Googling them specifically there are scarce few to be found on the internet. Now my mission will be to find a real one for my “captain’s cabin” office, preferably one from the year of my birth. Thanks again Dianne, working in the pharmaceutical field has its rewards!
Here’s a bit on the illustrator from “Ask/Art”
William Dudley Burnett Ward (1879 – 1935)
William Dudley Burnett Ward (AKA: Dudley Ward) was an illustrator, cartoonist and poster artist.
He was born in Graveley Bank, Staffordshire, England and died in Montreal, Quebec. He emigrated to Canada about 1910 and lived in Toronto, Ontario as well as Montreal.
His mediums were watercolor and gouache*. His most famous subjects are gnome-like fantasy figures he called “Dingbats”.