Tippie, by Edwina (1945)

Edwina Dumm was one of the first female cartoonists. She was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio in 1893. Her father, Frank Edwin Dumm, was an actor and playwright who turned newspaperman. Edwina was inspired by her father's new job to become a political and topical cartoonist. She took a correspondence course at the Landon School of illustrating and cartooning and sent out many samples of her work to syndicates, and eventually moved to New York.

Cap Stubbs by Edwin Dumm

She got her first job as a staff artist at the newspaper the Daily Monitor in 1915, for which she made spot illustrations, portraits of politicians and an editorial cartoon. She created her comic strip 'Cap Stubbs and Tippie' for Adams Syndication Service as a daily strip in 1918, and a Sunday page was added in 1934.

Tippy, by Edwina (1941)

The strip was initially about a Mark Twain-inspired boy and scruffy dog, but the dog soon gained in popularity. Therefore, the title was changed to 'Tippie and Cap Stubbs' and eventually to simply 'Tippie' in the mid-1960s. 'Tippie' was also turned into a weekly feature in Life magazine and the London Tatler, but the dog's name in this version was 'Sinbad'.

Sindbad by Edwina Dumm

From 1931 to 1969, she also created the poetic 'Alec the Great' panels, also about a dog, that had texts by her brother, Robert Dennis Dumm. In 1978 she was the first woman to receive the Gold Key Award from the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame. Edwina Dumm also made illustrations for (children's) books and retired in 1966, after a long and successful career. She then devoted herself to painting watercolor portraits, and making sketches while riding the subway.

Edwina Dumm

Edwin Dumm at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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