Their matching bowties landed Cy Hungerford and Ralph Reichhold as this month’s pick from our archives. Both Reichhold and Hungerford were local cartoonists with Pittsburgh newspapers when they evaluated submissions in the Cartooning category of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in this shot from the 1940s.

Newspaper editorial cartoonist and past Scholastic Art Awards juror Cyrus Cotton (“Cy”) Hungerford never left home without a hat.

A 1950 newspaper article profiling him revealed the secret behind his protective fedoras: “Cy’s bald head is never uncovered. He began wearing his hat in the city room after he fell asleep one night and a prankster painted a smiling face on his hairless head. Cy was the only one who couldn’t see the paint.”
Reichhold was a staff cartoonist whose witty observations on Miss America pageants, fashion and news amused local readers of The Pittsburgh Press for years. In one 1935 editorial cartoon, “Our Fine Feathered Friends,” Reichhold observed some of that spring’s latest trends and identified the feathered hats he saw on the street as “The Boomerang,” the “Helicopter,” and “M-o-o-o-o-o.” He noted: “There must be a reason for the use of feathered millinery. But a man would be inviting mayhem if he asked the feminine wearer what the answer could be.”
Cy Hungerford produced daily editorial cartoons for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was the recipient of numerous awards over the course of his 65-year career (1912 – 1977). In addition to editorial cartoons, Hungerford also produced defense posters for World War II and a syndicated comic script called Snoodles. Cy’s advice on producing cartoons? “You can’t preach. Bitterness and viciousness defeat their own purpose. Make people smile and think while they’re smiling… The idea that comes quick is the true one.”

Our archives tell more than the story of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – as we continue to sift through our past records, we’re rediscovering a unique part of American history, one slide, photograph, manuscript and letter at a time. You can follow our archival treasure hunt with our new series, The Archive Pick of the Month.

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