By: Corinne Court, Registrar at Curt Teich Postcard Archives
When I was hired almost five years ago, one of my first projects was to catalog the artist signed postcards of Clare Victor Dwiggins. Clare Victor Dwiggins (1874-1958), better known as Dwig, was a cartoonist for various American newspapers and postcard publishers. He began his career as a cartoonist in 1897, when he worked with Saint Louis Dispatch and the New York World.
He worked with Barton & Spooner (1905-1915), Edward Gross (1908-1951), Raphael Tuck & Sons (1866-1960s), and many more postcard publishers. Barton & Spooner's printed regional view postcards, but dabbled artist signed postcards. The postcards below are from the series "What Do You Know About That!" by the Dwig and printed by Barton & Spooner.
Postcards printed by Edward Gross were comics and many were artist signed. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives has the "What's the Use?" series by Dwig. I decided to upload the most "tasteful" of the collection. Many were quite naughty....
Raphael Tuck & Sons was one of the largest postcard printers in late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They began the business focusing on greeting cards, but quickly moved to a wide variety of cards. They printed many of their postcards in series form; however, possibly due to this form or lack of company records, their numbering system causes quite a headache for postcard enthusiasts. The series the archives has in the Dwig collection are:
|SBN175 - "Facts & Fancies" Series|
|SBN213 - "Everytime" Series|
|SBN267 - "Pipe Dreams"|
|SBN357 - "Toasts for Occasion" Series|
*School Days was a Sunday strip that appeared in the early 1910s. This was his most popular cartoon. It ran until 1932.
|SBN477 - "Love's Reveries" Series|
|SBN491 - "Love Pedals" Series|
|SBN505 - "Knocks-Witty" Series|
|SBN570 - "Never" Series|
|SBN352 - "Toast of Today" Series|
|SBN527 - "Zodiac" Series|
In 1945, Dwig left comics and focused on illustrations. He published five books before his death in 1958.