Juniper Junction by Jimmy Frise
Juniper Junction (1948)

Jimmy Frise, whose full name was James Llewellyn Frise, was a prominent self-taught cartoonist from the Scugog area of Ontario. Jimmy left the family farm at age nineteen to work on a settlement mapping project across Canadian for an engraving and printing firm in Toronto.

In 1916, Frise moved to Montreal for another engraving job, but soon left to enlist in the Canadian Field Artillery. While serving in France during the first World War, he lost his part of his left hand in action - but fortunately it was not his drawing hand.

panel from 'Down at the Dock' by Jimmy Frise, 1939

Back home again, Frise resumed his full-time cartooning career with the Toronto Star. In 1921, he launched the weekly panel 'Life's Little Comedies', which evolved into 'Birdseye Centre' in 1922, and was a hit for over 25 years because many people could relate to his whimsical comics about life in small town Canada.

In 1947, Frise left Toronto to work for The Montreal Standard. There he launched his 'Juniper Junction' strip (in color), which was syndicated widely in the U.S.  Unfortunately, Frise died abruptly the next year at age 57.

comic art by Jimmy Frise, 1934

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