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The illustrator and cartoonist Gene Carr (1881-1959) was born on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He never received any formal art training; instead, beginning at age nine as a messenger for the New York Recorder, he worked for a string of New York newspapers. When Carr was 17, he filled in for a New York Evening Journal cartoonist by covering a prizefight. His drawing caught the eye of the newspaper's owner, William Randolph Hearst, who hired Carr as a cartoonist. Carr's cartoons also appeared in the New York Herald and New York World, as well as in several magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. During his long career, Carr created several comic strips, including "Lady Bountiful," "Romeo the Dog," and "Metropolitan Movies," the last of which ran in the New York World for several years.
The contents and masthead of an issue of the Greenwich Village Quill, January 1925
Gene Carr appears as a "Contributing Editor" in the masthead of this popular magazine written by and for the Village community.