The Colonials by Joe Escourdio

Joe Escourido was an American newspaper comic artist. Born in Estelle, Darlington, as Joseph James Escourido, he grew up in Virginia and North Carolina. Escourido attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, following his service in the Air Force during World War II. He worked as an artist throughout his life, producing works that included oil-based and water color paintings. He also made illustrations for children's books and other text publications, as well as sketch and ink-based drawings for newspapers.

Escourido was particularly well-known for his syndicated cartoon series 'Colonial Capers' and later 'The Colonials'. The latter ran nationally from 1970 to 1979. He maintained a studio for his artwork near Central Park in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. He moved to the Lakeland area in 1977, and began working for The Ledger newspaper as art director. He served in that position until 1991 and won 22 awards for the paper. During his retirement Joseph liked to write poetry and song lyrics, and often wrote op-ed pieces to newspapers in response to current events. He passed away in Lakeland, California on 22 March 2014.

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