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Kendall Vintroux Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 1 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Kendall Vintroux (1896-1973) was an American editorial cartoonist.

Born in Frazier's Bottom, West Virginia on July 5, 1896, Kendall Vintroux grew up on a farm and attended a one-room school. As a teenager, Vintroux dropped out of school to work on the farm and pursued drawing in his free time. Vintroux served in World War I and sketched while at Camp Hancock, Georgia.

After sending a cartoon to the Charleston Gazette, Vintroux was hired as a cartoonist in 1922 where he worked until he retired in 1968. Vitroux's cartoons were also published in other newspapers. In addition to editorial cartoons, Vintroux drew the Sunday feature cartoon, Dog Wagon Stuff which was based on regular customers of a local Charleston restaurant, The Dog Wagon. Fourteen of Vintroux's cartoons were featured in the book, What America Thinks, Editorials and Cartoons (1944) which chronicled newspaper coverage of global politics from the 1938 Munich Agreement up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Kendall Vintroux died in Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1973.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kendall Vintroux Papers consists of two series.

Cartoons (1926-1966) contains 20 original, dated editorial cartoons as well as copies of material related to Vintroux's feature Dog Wagon Stuff. The editorial cartoons depict domestic and international politics including government spending, elections, America's relationship with Charles De Gaulle as well as China, the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons.

The editorial cartoons were draw on illustration board primarily with pen and ink with some crayon shading. Dates are written in blue ink at the bottom and the items measure 11 1/2" x 14". Captions appear on some cartoons at the top in pencil.

The Dog Wagon Stuff items are reproductions of original work drawn in ink that depict events at the Dog Wagon restaurant. There is a note of explanation from Vintroux as well as a copy of a newspaper article.

Correspondence consists of two photocopied letters. The 1922 letter is an invitation by the Daily Gazette Company asking Vintroux to meet with them regarding the possibility of him contributing regular drawings to the newspaper. The 1932 letter is from the Democratic State Executive Committee complimenting Vintroux cartoons.

Arrangement of the Collection

Editorial Cartoons and correspondence are arranged in chronological order. Dog Wagon material is arranged as received.


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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Gaulle, Charles de, 1890-1970 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Vintroux, Kendall.

Corporate Bodies

United States. Congress -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Associated Titles

Charleston gazette.
Dog wagon stuff (comic strip)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Caricatures and cartoons -- West Virginia.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Cartoonists -- West Virginia.
Cost and standard of living -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- West Virginia.
Elections -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Inflation -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Restaurants -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.


Charleston (W. Va.) -- Caricatures and cartoons.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kendall Vintroux Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Kendall Vintroux, 1967, 1971.

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