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Maples from the Fifties:
an exhibit of editorial cartoons from the pen of Harold Maples and originally published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Harold Maples was editorial cartoonist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for 27 years. From 1954 until his death in 1982, Maples drew more than 7,000 cartoons for the paper's editorial page. He was known nationally for his skillfully executed drawings, each with a distinctive Texas flavor. These cartoons from the 1950s are representative of Maples's early work.

Maples covered an amazingly wide variety of subjects. No subject was too mundane nor too important. Maples addressed the beginning of a new school year; threats to world peace; impending drought; auto safety; or the perennial, Texas weather, with equal humor, skill, and imagination.

The Maples Cartoon Collection was a gift of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1982.


The exhibit consists of four panels each containing four cartoons. For a slightly larger version of the image, click on it or the date below it. The cartoons are arranged chronologically.

Panel 1     Panel 2     Panel 3     Panel 4

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Roger L Rainwater, Special Collections Librarian

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Mary Couts Burnett Library
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