The New Yorker, 12 June 1943.

Douglas Borgstedt was a Philadelphia-based U.S. cartoonist, drawing both apolitical gags and cartoons about topical, political events. He was editor for the military magazine Yank and a regular appearance in The New Yorker, the Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. Late in his career, he and his wife launched a one-panel cartoon series for The Philadelphia Bulletin, called 'The Pet Set' (1972-1983).

Early life and career
Douglas Borgstedt was born in 1911 in Yonkers, New York. Between 1929 and 1931, he attended Haverford College, followed by a course at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Art, though no longer than a year. As a cartoonist, he was self-taught. In the mid-1930s, his cartoons appeared in The New Yorker magazine and the Philadelphia Evening Ledger newspaper. In 1940, he became cartoon editor for the Saturday Evening Post. When in 1941 the United States joined World War II, he enlisted in the army, serving from 8 April 1942 until 1945. He co-founded the military magazine Yank and was its first features editor. After the war, he was decorated with a Bronze Star and Legion of Merit for his military service.

Post-war career
Back in civilian life, Borgstedt returned to the Saturday Evening Post, serving as cartoonist and photography editor until 1963. After that, he was editorial cartoonist for both the Copley News Service (1964-1972) and Editor & Public Magazine (1968-1974). Between 1968 and 1978, his cartoons ran in the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin, and were additionally syndicated to over 90 other newspapers. Borgstedt covered both U.S. and international news events. Some of his more timeless, apolitical cartoons appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Collier's and Look magazines. Borgstedt was additionally active as an illustrator for the annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, Pennsylvania. Since 1964, he was a popular lecturer at universities too.

The Pet Set
In 1972, Borgstedt and his wife Jean MacLatchie created a one-panel gag cartoon series, 'The Pet Set' (1972-1983), with jokes revolving around pets and their owners. For about a decade, the self-syndicated feature ran in papers such as The Philadelphia Bulletin. In 1977, TFH Publications released a compilation book. On his Stripper's Guide blog, newspaper comics expert Allan Holtz doubted if the Borgstedts actually produced ten years worth of cartoons. He assumed the later period might consist of reprints.

Final years and death
Douglas Borgstedt's work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. Douglas Borgstedt passed away in February 2001, at age 90.


Collier's, 20 April 1940.

The Pet Set on the Stripper's Guide

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