Michael Gerber, the fellow behind the wonderful American Bystander is asking if anyone out there knows when the first cartoon caption contest began. Mr. Gerber passed along the one shown below from The Yale Record (I’ve been told it’s from 1918, but I see the artist dated it 1921).
So…does anyone know of an earlier cartoon caption contest (magazine, newspaper)?
Tim Hamilton on time travel. Mr. Hamilton began contributing to The New Yorker in 2016.