Item #CL203-52 [Ginger Meggs]. Jimmy Bancks, 1889–1952 Aust.
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[Ginger Meggs]

c1940s. Graphite with colour pencil, signed and inscribed in graphite centre right and below image, 11.5 x 9.9cm (paper). Slight discolouration, laid down on original backing.

Inscription reads “With best wishes from Ginge.”

Ginger Meggs, Australia’s longest-running comic strip, was created by Enmore-born Jimmy Bancks, who spent his childhood in Hornsby. He wrote, drew and syndicated the strip from 1921 until 1952. The character, depicting a mischievous red-haired young boy from an inner suburban working-class home, was based on Bancks’ best friend, Charlie Somerville, who also lived in Hornsby, and who eventually became a businessman and councillor.

The 100th anniversary of Ginger Meggs was commemorated by in a book written by Tristan Bancks, the great-great grandnephew of Jimmy Bancks in 2021. Ref: Wiki.

Item #CL203-52

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