This collection was published in 1982 by, A Whispering Sands Publication.
This is a type of cartoon collection that I call a regional or local collection. In the US, at least, they are usually drawn by a newspaper cartoonist usually their editorial cartoonist. The subject matter is familiar to the readers of the paper, and maybe surrounding areas. These collections are usually associated with larger cities and their newspaper. In this case, while Santa Fe is not large, (68k in 2011) it is the capital of New Mexico, and as such rated an editorial section on par a with larger cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico at 561k in the same year or say Salt Lake City, UT (190k in 2011) and their Salt Lake Tribune cartoonist Pat Bagley. Bagley will be in a later post.
In the case of the above book, it is part collection of editorial cartoons, part guide book, and part inside joke for the locals.
I tried to find more information about the author by searching the internet. I followed a link to two biographies attributed to a Michael Cochran; one on Hopalong Cassidy the other on Les Paul.
From the back cover we learn he had a collection of Vietnam cartoons, and a collection of articles from his college days. I have neither collection.
Well, if the internet is less than forthcoming, we turn to a tried and true method of collecting information: The US Postal Service.
Michael Cochran kindly returned my letter with penned answers to my questions. Follows is an abbreviated Q&A.
VisualHumor. At the time you published this book I see you were
an Editorial Cartoonist for the Albuquerque Journal.
Michael Cockran. I was cartoonist for Albuquerque Journal, NORTH, Santa Fe Edition.
VH. From the Internet I see that you were involved in at least two biographies; one of Hopalong Cassidy and the other on Les Paul.
MC. I am not the author of these biographies.
VH. You are an active member of the Santa Fe Artists Market, and have one of your works, “Forsythia” posted by the group on flickr.com.
MC. I still am associated with the SFAM.
VH. Would you share a little more information on your cartoon life and times.
MC. After Journal North I was in Washington, D.C. Worked for Orin, The Washington Post, UPI, WJR (Note: It could also be WTR. WJR is a talk radio station in Detroit, I do not know what WTR stands for. Neither am I certain if Orin is an acronym or a person, or an orginazation-Ted)
VH. Do you have, or did you ever envision other cartoon collections?
MC. I just have the three little books. I am a content watercolorist at this time of my life.
VH. Do you have a blog.
VH. How did you gravitate toward artwork, and do you work only in watercolor?
MC. I was a cartoonist in newspapers at the age of 12. Watercolors seem a natural transition.
VH. Do you now cartoon.
MC. I no longer cartoon or miss it.
VH. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for fledgling cartoonists?
MC. Just keep at it until someone realizes your talent.
VH. Will you share a photo of yourself for the post?
MC. I have no photos of myself.
Obviously a self-effacing gentleman.
Let us now look at a few cartoons from this cartoon collection/guide book/history collection, called The Cartoon Book of Santa Fe. Mark Nassutti has annotated some of the cartoons, and where indicated, I have included them with the cartoon.
Google has numerous photos of this staircase. It is really amazing.
That, and parking. Trust me, that and parking.
This may have been SOP in the early eighties, but I wonder about now?
And so are we. So, until next time, thanks for reading.