Cartoons

A Few Examples of Tom's Cartoons
1  Tom and Mary lived in a garage apartment in Miami, owned by Mary's aunt.  Her aunt made rugs out of rags; thus, the inspiration for this cartoon. 2  Tom sold his cartoons to many different trade magazines.  He was obviously catering to the management readership of the trade magazine that this cartoon appeared in. 3  This cartoon appeared in an unidentified magazine in February, 1943. 4  Mary Margaret Blakley, Tom's wife, also drew cartoons.
5  This cartoon appeared in the September 30, 1944 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.  It is also in the book, Funny Business. 6  This cartoon is in the book, Funny Business. 7  This cartoon is in the book, Funny Business. 8  This cartoon is in the book, Funny Business.
9 10  This cartoon is from the mid-1950s.  Note that the style is different than the cartoons drawn in the mid-1940s. 11  This cartoon was drawn after Tom moved to Homestead as it has a Homestead mailing address on the back of it.  The caption reads, "A cheese on whole wheat would go good right now." 12  Another cartoon drawn after the move to Homestead.  The caption on this one reads, "It'll liven up some man's day."
13  A cartoon that needs no caption. 14  This was drawn in Miami, as it has a Miami address on the back of it.  The caption is "Some dame left it." 15  This cartoon was also drawn in Miami, during the mid-1940s.  The other half of each couple are understandably not happy.  There is no caption, but one is not really necessary! 16  This is what is known in the trade as a rough draft.  It was sent out to markets to see if it was a cartoon that would sell.  If so, a finished cartoon would be drawn from the rough draft and then re-submitted.  The two previous cartoons in this gallery are finished cartoons, not rough drafts.
17  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 18  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 19  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 20  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces.
21  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 22  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 23  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 24  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces.
25  Part of a series of cartoons to be used as safety posters in workplaces. 26  As the market for cartoons that Tom had drawn for changed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was forced to market his talent as a commercial artist, rather than a cartoonist, which was his first love. 27  A Christmas card Tom drew for a friend, whose cats were named "Sis" and "Red".   This was done using the silk screen process. 28  This is the logo for the Blakley Plumbing Company, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Tom's brother, Martin, owned the company when the logo was created.