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The Kin-der-Kids (comics)

Last modified: 2011-11-19 by antónio martins
Keywords: kin-der-kids | feininger (lyonel) | star: 6 points (white on blue) | city of podunk |
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    reported by António Martins, 25 Nov 2010



The Kin-der-Kids were an early U.S. newspaper comics series by German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and published by the Chicago Sunday Tribune in 1906-1907. Most comics occupied a full-page and were rendered in color.
António Martins, 25 Nov 2010


Unnamed shipping line

flag of unnamed shipping line
image by António Martins, 25 Nov 2010

On the first plate of Kin-der Kids Abroad (the first installment of the series, 1906.05.06, Chicago Tribune (see fac-simile images online) a harbour scene is depicted: The larger element of the background is the passenger steamship City of Podunk; at its prow on a short staff, a blue flag with a white six pointed star standing on a tip. Is it supposed to be a houseflag or a national flag? Fictional or other?
António Martins, 25 Nov 2010

Probably a house flag, as the ship also flies the Stars & Stripes from the stern. But the City of Podunk doesn’t play a role in the comic, as far as I know. However, a better view of the plate is at the web site of The Museum of Modern Art, New York: It’s zoomable quite a bit, revealing the star to be a normal six-pointed star, rather than a lean one. It also gives the suggestion that the lighter blue colour of the flag is merely caused by the white of the paper, and isn’t necessarily lighter than the Stars & Stripes flags on top of the buildings, in the drawing slightly higher and to the left. (Note the Stars & No Stripes, by the way.) (I guess the only City of Podunk would be Rogers City; all others Podunks seem of less inhabited status.)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 28 Nov 2010

It’s very close to the [7-pointed] houseflags of A.P. Møller (Maersk Line) or Holm & Molzen.
Dominique Cureau, 01 Dec 2010

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