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Richard Wallmeyer Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 2 Dec 2008

Biographical History

Richard "Dick" Wallmeyer (1931- ) is an American editorial cartoonist.

Richard Wallmeyer was born February 1, 1931 in Chicago and grew up in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Wallmeyer who became interested in art at age three, studied cartooning at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts through night courses while he worked as a proofreader for a lithography company during the day. While serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955, Wallmeyer contributed several cartoons to the Nellis Air Force Base newspaper. Upon returning to Chicago, Wallmeyer studied cartooning through correspondence courses while he worked as a line drawing and paste-up artist and also as a shoe salesman.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram hired Wallmeyer in July 1961 as the paper’s first editorial cartoonist. The Lew Little Syndicate and the Register and Tribune Syndicate syndicated Wallmeyer’s cartoons from 1966 to 1973. In 1995 he formally retired from full time cartooning at the Press-Telegram.

Wallmeyer’s work has been recognized by the Los Angeles Press Club and he received the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Award of Merit in 1982. He has an entry in The Finest International Political Cartoons of Our Time and his work has appeared several times in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year series.

Dick Wallmeyer is a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and is currently a freelance cartoonist for the Press-Telegram.

[some information courtesy of the Press-Telegram.]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard Wallmeyer Cartoons contains 42 original editorial cartoons created for the Long Beach, California Press-Telegram from 1967 to 1970. Wallmeyer often used puns and the cartoons in this particular collection frequently feature themes relating to outer space and technology. The cartoons were drawn with ink, graphite and crayon and notations appear on the bottom border of the cartoons in pen.

Arrangement of the Collection

The cartoons are arranged in chronological order.


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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


Wallmeyer, Richard.

Associated Titles

Press-Telegram (Long Beach, Ca)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Arab countries -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- California.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- California.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.
Outer space--Exploration -- Caricatures and cartoons.
Political cartoons.
Pollution -- Caricatures and cartoons.
World politics -- 1945-1989 -- Caricatures and cartoons.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)
Editorial cartoons.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Richard Wallmeyer Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard Wallmeyer, 1968-1969 and 1971.

Table of Contents


Index to cartoons


Index to cartoons

The following is a list of predominant people, places and subjects appearing in the editorial cartoons in this collection. The list is not exhaustive. Some subjects may require you to browse with alternative terms.

B= Box, F= Folder. For example: B1F1= Box 1 Folder 1.