THE HISTORY OF THE TEENIE WEENIES
William Donahey began his strip The Teenie Weenies on June 14, 1914, with a story of the Top Hat house burning down. The strip ran in the Women's Section and the Rotogravure section of the Chicago Tribune as a one panel story with picture until 1923, when it moved to the comics page as a strip cartoon, sometimes with word balloons but more often with captions under the pictures. (It appeared in other papers as well, but I consider the Tribune the authoritative source for information.) It ran in this format until October 26, 1924, when (in my terms) the strip went on its first hiatus.
During the first hiatus the Teenie Weenies were an advertising symbol for Reid Murdock Monarch canned foods. Donahey did a few advertisements for them in magazines like the Saturday Evening Post. They also appeared on the can labels, and Donahey also did some special projects for them. Unfortunately, a peculiar copyright case involving another company resulted in the Teenie Weenies being dropped by Murdock.
On September 24, 1933, the Teenie Weenies returned to the newspaper as a strip cartoon with word balloons. It only lasted until December 2, 1934, after which it was replaced by Terry and the Pirates.
On May 18, 1941, The Teenie Weenies began its longest run, as a one-panel picture with story underneath and character cut-out to the side. It continued until February 15, 1970. Ill-health forced Donahey to retire, but the strip's run-off was still being printed when the author died on February 2, 1970.
In addition, several books of Teenie Weenie stories were published, a list of which you can see on a following page.
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