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James Llewellyn Frise

James Llewellyn Frise

Photo by contributor Karl Jacob - Posted August, 2010

James Llewellyn Frise

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Township of Scugog
On the northwest corner of Road 7 and Portview Road

Coordinates: N 44 06.725 W 78 55.209


Plaque Text

One of Canada's leading cartoonists, Jimmy Frise was born near here about 1891 and educated at Scugog, Saintfield and Port Perry. Wounded at Vimy Ridge in the First World War, he went to Toronto to resume his career in illustrations, a field in which he was entirely self-taught. For the Star Weekly Frise collaborated with the noted humorous writer Gregory Clark in a weekly series. In 1921 he created a half-page cartoon, first entitled "Life's Little Comedies" and later "Birdseye Center". It was featured for a quarter of a century in what was Canada's biggest weekend newspaper. The popularity of Birdseye Center arose from Frise's gentle and humorous interpretation of the relationship between rural and urban life. He died in 1948.



Scugog Plaques

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> Posted March 24, 2012
I have an original Jimmy Frise cartoon. I think the museum should have it. roynicol173@gmail.com

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