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Robert S. Mallouk scrapbooks of World War II cartoons


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Robert S. Mallouk (b. 1926), a native of Brooklyn, New York, closely followed the progression of WWII. He joined the Army at 18 and went on to study chemistry and engineering and work at the Delaware firms, DuPont and Gore.

Mallouk, son of a Brooklyn merchant who had emigrated from Damascus at age 10 in 1889, was just shy of age sixteen when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Joining the national tide of patriotism and unity after the attack, the teenage Mallouk immediately began collecting the daily editorial cartoons about America's entry into World War II. As a boy, he collected stamps and built model airplanes, so he easily applied his habits toward building a nearly comprehensive daily collection of these editorial cartoons for the duration of the war.

Mallouk completed one year at Princeton before being inducted into the army at age eighteen in 1944, eventually serving in the 172d Infantry Regiment of the 43d Infantry Division in the Philippines during the war. He was in the occupation army in Japan with the 1st Cavalry Division until September 1946. He then returned to Princeton, where he was graduated with a degree in chemistry in 1948 and a Masters in Engineering in 1950. Mallouk pursued a career in polymers at DuPont and Gore companies in Delaware, with several patents to his credit before retiring from Gore. Biographical information derived from collection.

The Robert S. Mallouk scrapbooks of World War II cartoons includes an autobiographical essay, "Soldier Boy," as well as 649 wartime editorial cartoons from American newspapers that were collected by Mallouk between December 9, 1941, through August 26, 1946. All together, the personal narrative of "Soldier Boy" and the graphics of the collection document what Mallouk described as the "total war" experience of Americans in World War II.

Propagandizing slogans such as "Keep the Eagle's View! Ultimate / Certain / Victory … Temporary Successes / Temporary Setbacks" (Burris Jenkins, January 2, 1942) illustrate the role of the press in supporting the war effort in the States. "Stamp Him Out!" depicts a gorilla-like swastika- and fascist-arm-banded "Jap" Axis figure becoming obscured by a sheet of U.S. Savings Bonds, with a small banner waving "Remember Pearl Harbor" in the corner of the cartoon (Paschke, December 24, 1941). The cartoons present strong graphic communication of America's response to the war, with the emphatic message that there was strength in unified resistance at home and abroad.

Ranging in size from 6 x 8 inches to 8 x 10 inches or even full-page for some headline events, the cartoon clippings were pasted onto wood-pulp paper that was hole-punched and stored in ring binders. One cartoon clipping was pasted on the recto of each leaf of paper, with dates also clipped or written on each page.

Because of the acidic quality of the newsclippings and page supports, as well as the rusting binder rings, the collection has been rehoused for preservation purposes into mylar sleeves with buffered interleaves. These sleeves are now in new board covers, in housing constructed to enable handling without crumbling and continuing deterioration.

A resident of Brooklyn, Mallouk clipped most of his cartoons from Brooklyn and New York papers, including the

New York Tribune and the Journal-American (a Hearst paper). Mallouk's mother continued the clippings when he left for college and subsequently entered the service, and there is some greater variety of sources for the cartoons. Burris Jr Jenkins (1897-1966) was strongly favored by Mallouk and his editorial cartoons appear most frequently through the collection. Burris was featured contributor to the New York World and the New York Journal and Journal-American . Other regular and syndicated editorial cartoonists represented in the collection are Ed Paschke Sr., Gale, and Clifford Berryman.

The cartoons are arranged in chronological order.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (21 inches)
  2. Volumes 1-10: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0093 FOLIO+

Gift of Robert S. Mallouk, March 2007.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, December 2007.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 December 3
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

"Soldier Boy", 2006.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Autobiographical essay. This box (Oversize 18") also contains oversize cartoons removed from Volumes 1-10.

Physical Description

Typescript (copy), 17 pages

1941 December 9-1942 May 18.
Volume 1
Scope and Contents

68 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (34 pages)

1942 May 22-1942 September 29.
Volume 2
Scope and Contents

67 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (31 pages)

1942 October 3-1943 April 30.
Volume 3
Scope and Contents

82 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (41 pages)

1943 May 5-1943 December.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

73 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (37 pages)

1944 January 6-1944 July 17.
Volume 5
Scope and Contents

60 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (30 pages)

1944 July 22-1944 December 29.
Volume 6
Scope and Contents

59 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (30 pages)

1945 January 5-1945 May 20.
Volume 7
Scope and Contents

58 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (29 pages)

1945 May 22-1945 September 4.
Volume 8
Scope and Contents

71 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (36 pages)

1945 September 5-1945 December 11.
Volume 9
Scope and Contents

58 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (29 pages)

1945 December 18-1946 August 26.
Volume 10
Scope and Contents

53 cartoons

Physical Description

1 volume (27 pages)

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