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 Zelda (Jackie) Ormes  (1910 - 1985)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Pennsylvania      Known for: syndicated cartoon, still-life painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Zelda Ormes
1910 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)


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syndicated cartoon, still-life painting

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The "first syndicated female African-American cartoonist, and the cartoonist who did the most toward overcoming the stereotypes found in comic strips before the mid-1960s", (Swann) Zelda Ormes, also known as Jackie, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Her father was an artist and was an influence on her career choice and development of art talent.  Ormes' depiction of black women was that of strong and independent persons and not the usual servant-girl types.  She said: (showing 500 of 2716 characters).

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