SHE was a beautiful showgirl in the Ziegfield Follies. HE was a dashing young cartoonist/illustrator. It was the ’20s, things were roaring, and whatever went on between them they took to their graves. But the art that Wesley Morse gave to Avonne Taylor she kept for 70 years, only to have it found by her grand nephew, Kirk Taylor after her death in 1992.
If you don’t know Wesley Morse, he’s best known as the creator of BAZOOKA JOE, but is one of only two identified artists on the Tijuana Bibles, and in between he did all sorts of things, like design the Copa Girl and, more crucially, he was the illustrator for the Ziegfield Follies in the ’20s, which is how he met Taylor.
Kirk Taylor writes to say he’s started a website for the Taylor/Morse Collection, as he’s dubbed the artwork found in Avonne’s collection. Only a few things are up so far, but he’s working on getting more of it posted and has spoken to Jay Lynch and folks at Topps about Morse as well. A minor blip of history? Sure, but also a touching historical snapshot of a world long gone. But not forgotten.