DISCOVERIES: Childhood Sketches by Bob McIntosh

Bob McIntosh Sketches

Bob Schuldt was going through his grandfather’s possessions when he discovered an envelope addressed to his grandfather from Robert J. McIntosh:

Inside it was FULL of tiny little pen drawings and a few pencil drawings of various characters and that look like they were doodles cut out and sent to a friend. The date is what amazed me, 1929. Upon removing the envelope I found hidden behind it a full color drawing with a note saying “Bout time I kept my promise, but I kept it! Happy New Year!” of two amazing characters on a piece of paper a little bigger then a postcard also signed Robert J McIntosh, 1929.

Click on the image above to see all the drawings. Bob McIntosh was, of course, a superbly skilled background painter who worked on Bambi and dozens of UPA theatrical shorts. One of Bob’s background paintings appears on the back cover of my book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation. According to the date on the envelope, Bob would have been thirteen years old at the time. It’s amazing that these childhood sketches have survived for over eighty years.

The lesson: always look through your grandparent’s belongings, and when you find something, email Cartoon Brew.


  • http://allofmyheroes.blogspot.com/ Jeaux Janovsky

    Nice! What a find! :)

  • Chuck Howell

    Lot’s of characters from comics of the time. Barney Google, the Katzenjammer Kids, Jiggs and Maggie from “Bringing Up Father,” Happy Hooligan, maybe even Moon Mullins and Swee’ Pea! Wonderful find.

    • top cat james

      That’s not Swee’ Pea-it’s Bunky from “Parlor Bedroom and Sink”, the topper strip to Billy DeBeck’s “Barney Google” Sunday page.

      Also represented in the collage is Jimmy Murphy’s “Toots and Casper”.

  • swac

    Reminds me of the guy who showed up on Antiques Roadshow with a scrapbook of his grandfather’s that included original drawings by the likes of Winsor McCay and George McManus (it was kind of like an autograph book, and his grandfather had some sort of connection to the newspaper business, and he’d gotten each of these sketches in person). The inheritor of the book had no clue who any of these artists were, and I swear was just seeing dollar signs when the expert told him how much an original unseen drawing by these artists would be worth *individually*. My hopes that the collection was kept intact are dim at best.