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George Fisher Farklebinder collection

George Fisher Farklebinder collection

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Finding aid for the George Fisher Farklebinder collection

BC.MSS.07.60

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

May 9, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Fisher, George E., 1923-2003
Title: George Fisher Farklebinder collection
Dates: undated
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains 126 prints of gallery portraits by political cartoonist George Fisher which were gathered into a collection called the Farklebinder and made available as a memento of the Farkleberry Follies.
Identification: BC.MSS.07.60
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the original order of the prints in the commemorative box.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains 126 ten by twelve black and white prints of gallery portraits by political cartoonist George Fisher which were gathered into a collection called the Farklebinder and made available as a memento of the Farkleberry Follies variety show. The prints are caricatures of well-known Arkansas newsmakers, especially from politics and the media.

Names and dates are not given on the portraits. The identifications and positions of significance listed in the finding aid have been established through background research.


Historical Information

The Farkleberry Follies were a popular musical and theatrical stage show that spoofed politicians and other newsmakers. Sponsored by the Arkansas Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the shows were held in odd-numbered years between 1967 and 1999, to raise funds for scholarships. Leroy Donald, an editor at the Arkansas Gazette, produced and directed the shows and wrote or edited many of the skits. The content of the Follies was largely inspired by the work of political cartoonist George Fisher. The shows took their name from a popular Fisher cartoon identifying Governor Orval Faubus with the farkleberry tree. Fisher also played a significant role in formulating, producing, and performing in the shows. He often began the show by caricaturing a few of the figures who would be lampooned.

George Edward Fisher was born in White County, Ark., in 1923. Following service in World War II, he worked as a commercial artist and a political cartoonist, first in West Memphis, Ark., and later in Little Rock. By 1972 his cartoons appeared regularly in the Arkansas Gazette, and in 1976 he became the newspaper's editorial cartoonist. His work focused primarily on political, social, and environmental issues. At the time of his death in 2003, Fisher was drawing cartoons for the Arkansas Times.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Entertainment events -- Arkansas
Farkleberry Follies
Fisher, George E., 1923-2003

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Fisher Farklebinder collection, MSS.07.60, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by George Toney. Separated from the Toney family papers.


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