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Paddock, Munson Leroy (1886-1970) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Paddock, Munson Leroy (1886-1970)

Historical Note:

Munson Leroy Paddock (1886-1970) “was an illustrator, a commercial artist, a photographer, a collector of railroad photographs and memorabilia and an artist in the earliest comic books,” according to Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. Paddock was also a book and periodical collector.  Paddock was born and graduated from high school (1904) in Kenosha, Wisconsin; pioneer descendant Paddocks were legion in the area that also has a Paddock Lake west of Kenosha.

Moving to Chicago with a 1906 address at the Chicago Dailly News, Paddock was an early creator of comic strips and also cartoonist, with work appearing in Judge Magazine to 1916. He is recorded living in Wysox, Pennsylvania in 1917 and by 1919 in New York City.  Working as an illustrator in a firm at 41 Union Square, NYC, according to a “rough draft” biography by Benajmin F.G. Kline, Jr. in the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (RMP), Paddock came into contact with the “cache of excellent glass negatives or railroad photographs” from which the examples now at the RMP and at Lake Forest College are derived.  This firm was successor to F. W. Blauvelt, photographer for — among other clients — Angus Sinclair and his Locomotive and Engineering News.  Most of this material comes from Munson Paddock — A Life by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Palo Alto, CA, 2003; 20, vi pp., an off-print apparently from a comics periodical.

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