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Thomas Machamer

 (1900 - 1960)
Thomas Jefferson Machamer was active/lived in California, Kansas.  Thomas Machamer is known for cartoon-magazine.

Thomas Machamer

Biography from the Archives of askART

Born Belleville, July 5, 1900; died Santa Monica, CA, Aug. 16, 1960. Cartoonist. Attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He began his career at the Kansas City Star. Then moved to NY in 1919. The Chicago Tribune syndicated his work and he also drew for Esquire, Saturday Evening Post and Colliers. In 1932, he began his famous 'Gags and Gals' page in the New York Mirror. In this Sunday feature, which lasted until 1937, he showed the exchanges between attractive young women and unattractive older men, including a caricature of the artist himself. Around 1937, Machamer had also created some gag strips like 'Nifties' and 'Simple Sylvia'. He moved to California around 1940, where he came up with the family strip 'Hollywood Husband'. He also created 'The Baffles' in the Los Angeles Times. Machamer continued to work as a magazine cartoonist throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His last comics work was the gag panel 'Today's Laugh', which ran from 1948 to 1960. Machamer was also a writer and actor for films.

Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; Festival of Kansas Arts and Crafts. Catalog: Arts and Crafts of Kansas: an Exhibition held in Lawrence, Feb. 18-22, 1948 in the Community Building. Lawrence: World Co., 1948; Wichita Beacon (Aug. 17, 1960); AskArt,, accessed Dec. 21, 2005.

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Crocker Art Museum Store
Cartoonist, illustrator. Born in Belleville, KS on July 5, 1900.

Machamer contributed to humor magazines during the 1920s and 1930s. By 1940 he had settled in Los Angeles where his strip "The Baffles" was syndicated in national papers.

He died in Santa Monica, CA on Aug. 16, 1960.

Exh:Webb Gallery (LA), 1941.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"

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About  Thomas Machamer

Born:  1900 - Belleville, Kansas
Died:   1960 - Santa Monica, California
Known for:  cartoon-magazine