For the first half of the 20th Century Harold Tucker Webster was a popular cartoonist who didn't change his style with the times. His later drawings seem stuck in an earlier era, but that only added to the charm. The character, Caspar Milquetoast, was Webster's most popular, and lives on by name as a man who lacks courage. These cartoons, from the book, THE BEST OF H.T. WEBSTER, are from the chapter, "The Timid Soul." Some of them are more wry observations, some laugh-out-loud funny. We all know a Caspar Milquetoast. Sometimes Webster used subtlety, as in the drawing where the census taker asks, "Are you the head of the household?" Caspar's sidelong glance at his wife tells us all we need to know.
Webster died in 1953, and this book was published shortly after his death. These cartoons are scanned from the First Printing.
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