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Jolly Bill: Cartoonist & Comedian

This highlights the papers and photographs of cartoonist and radio and television performer William “Jolly Bill” Steinke. The 29 photographs primarily document his professional career with publicity photographs from his radio and television career and personal appearances. Several photographs of his activities with the New York Circus Saints and Sinners Club are also included. Below are just a few of the items in the collection. Please also view the Guide to the William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers.

William "Jolly Bill" Steinke working at his easel, circa 1910s.
Photographer unknown
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 2/Folder 7

Jolly Bill Steinke self-portrait in ink, undated.
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 1/Folder 1

Muriel Harbater (Jane) and William Steinke (Jolly Bill) in a publicity still for the Jolly Bill and Jane radio program, circa 1930s.
Ray Lee Jackson, NBC Studios
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 2/Folder 7

Publicity flyer for Jolly Bill Steinke's live comedic show, Never a Dull Moment, circa 1930s.
Harold R. Peat, Inc.
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 1/Folder 2

Jolly Bill Steinke dresses as Santa Claus for a charity event, circa 1930s.
Wide World Photo
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 2/Folder 7

The hanging of Robert L. Ripley (Believe It or Not) At Dexter Fellow's Tent, Circus Saints & Sinners, Gotham Hotel, Jan. 31, 1934 [Jolly Bill serves as the barker/hangman].
Century Photo
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 3/Folder 7

Jolly Bill Steinke on stage with children and some of his drawings at a personal appearance, circa 1950s.
Photographer unknown
William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Box 2/Folder 7

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