Samuel Cahan was born Kouno, Russia and emigrated to the United States with his parents at an early age. "His formal career as a newspaper artist began at the age of 12 when an editor of The World saw him outside Mouqin's, a famed restaurant of the day, drawing the sinking of the Maine in colored chalk on the sidewalk."(1)
The residence of the Cahan family was 5 Hester Street on the Lower East Side. They were poor, and it was not clear whether Cahan was drawing chalk pictures at Mouqin's at age 12 for money or for fun. But Cahan later explained, "When I wanted an ice cream soda, I had to draw one on the sidewalk outside a soda parlor and sell it as an advertisement to the owner. I loved doing that, a
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