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Cameron, S. (Stewart)

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Cameron, S. (Stewart)

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1912-1970

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Henry Stewart (Stew) Cameron was born March 28, 1912 in Calgary, Alberta; he was the son of J. McKinley and Ethel (Munro) Cameron. Encouraged by his father, Stew developed an early interest in cartooning and submitted drawings to the Calgary Herald while still in high school. He studied art at Mount Royal College, where his cartoons illustrated the student newspaper and advertised campus events. In 1934, he produced a series of cartoons on trail riding for the Canadian Geographical Journal. Beginning in 1935, he produced a number of anti-William Aberhart and anti-Social Credit drawings for pamphlets and the Calgary Herald. Stew spent some time in the United States in 1936, working for Disney Studios, though soon returned to Calgary and became the Calgary Herald’s first staff cartoonist. A series of Stew’s Aberhart-targeted cartoons were published in 1938 as No Matter How Thin You Slice It. In 1942, Stew enlisted in the army, serving with the Public Relations Office for Military District No. 13, where he drew cartoons on military life published in army paper Khaki and in the Calgary Herald. From his experiences in basic training, he produced the cartoon set Basic Training Daze. Stew returned to work at the Calgary Herald after the war, but in 1947, accepted an offer to work for the Vancouver Province. He resigned from the Vancouver Province in 1949 and returned to Calgary. Between 1949 and 1955, Stew produced three Calgary Stampede cartoon sets, What I Saw at the Calgary Stampede (1949), Let the Chaps Fall Where They May (1950), and Weep for the Cowboy (1951), and one trail riding cartoon set, Pack Horses in the Rockies: Dudes, Denims & Diamond Hitches (1955). He spent his next years marketing these sets, as well as preparing cartoons for advertisements and friends. Stew Cameron died December 11, 1970.
[Biographical Description taken from the website of the Provincial Archives of Alberta.]

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