Helen Stilwell’s Laughable Looloos

Helen Stilwell, artist and writer, was a frequent contributor to the early Sunday comics supplements and was married from 1906 to 1937 to cartoonist Gene Carr.

Some of the instalments, those entitled “Looloos That We All Know” (15, 16 and 19) are clearly satiric, but I suspect many of the others are, too; as Baker and Brentano suggest, the Boogie (no. 6) not only refers to Peary in the poem, but takes the picture from an illustration in the World’s Sunday Magazine of 15 October 1899 devoted to “Peary’s Own Story from the Frozen North.”

 

The Laughable Looloos (1906)
No.
Date
Looloo 1
Looloo 2
1
13/05/1906
Cutie-Cue
Old Dolorosity
2
unknown
3
03/06/1906
Little Woggie Curley-Tail
Rolybolyosity
4
10/06/1906
Doodading
Obegob, Gazoola bird
5
17/06/1906
Loverduck, Lyonette
Toots, Boppie
6
24/06/1906
Meddo-Spark
Boogie
7
01/07/1906
Molleys
Ringhy Dinghy Doze
8
08/07/1906
Gazoola bird
Caterwollo
9
15/07/1906
Crossapatchee
Moozoo
10
22/07/1906
Footliteno
Shelluf
11
29/07/1906
Nifty-Nufty
Squirm
12
05/08/1906
Gookie
Flamano
13
12/07/1906
Horserino
Skeet
14
26/08/1906
Mazeem
Rounce
15
02/09/1906
Polarsticuss
Willy-Nilly man
Prince of Flubadub
16
16/09/1906
Looloo sage
Phonographibus
17
23/09/1906
Wollybeer
Boozee
18
07/10/1906
Kolee
Dinkorinktum
19
28/10/1906
“richest lady”
Peaceorinktibus
20
unknown
21
unknown
22
unknown
23
unknown
24
unknown
25
25/11/1906
Wiggle-Woggle
Looloo turkey

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