MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WILLIAM DONAHEY

William Donahey was born October 19, 1883.  He was married to children's book author Mary Dickerson Donahey.  His brother Hal was a cartoonist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and his work often appears in anthologies.  (Collectors of William Donahey must be careful, or they may get Hal's work by mistake.)  His other brother, Victor Donahey, was governor of Ohio from 1922-1929.

In addition to the Teenie Weenies, William Donahey also illustrated many other books, some of which are listed below:

The Children's Mother Goose collected or reinterpreted by William Donahey (Reilly & Lee, Chicago, 1921).

The Teenie Weenie Man's Mother Goose:  same as above, retitled as the TWs became popular.  There are no Teenie Weenies in the book, "the Teenie Weenie Man" is Donahey, get it?

Huldy's Whistle by Anne Archbold Miller (Reilly & Lee, Chicago, 1919).  A heartwarming book, but my heart is already warm enough, thank you.

Lady Teddy Comes to Town by Mary Dickerson Donahey (Small, Maynard & Company, 1919).  One color picture as the frontpiece.  A little boy climbs a tree, showing off for a little girl.

The Miss Minerva books by Emma Speed Sampson (Reilly & Lee, Chicago).

Billy and the Major (1918)
Miss Minerva's Baby (1920)
Miss Minerva on the Old Plantation (1923)
Miss Minerva Broadcasts Billy (1925)
Miss Minerva's Scallywags (1927)
Miss Minerva's Neighbors (?)
Miss Minerva Goin' Places (1931)

There were other books in the series, specifically Miss Minerva's Mystery and Miss Minerva's Vacation.  The latter was not illustrated by Donahey, and I'd take bets it was not written by Sampson.  In Goin' Places Sampson basically "signs off" of the series, but the publisher may not have been willing to let it die.  Note also that the first book in the series, Miss Minerva and William Green Hill, was written by Frances Calhoun, who died shortly after it was published.  It was not illustrated by Donahey.  

Hi, Ho, Pinocchio by Josef Marino (Reilly & Lee, Chicago, 1940).  A rip-off sequel (IMHO) of Collodi's original, but Donahey's illustrations are nice.

The Spanish McQuades by Mary Dickerson Donahey (William's wife) (Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc., Garden City, NY, 1931).  Donahey's contributions are non-typical block print type illustrations.

Donahey wrote the foreward to an edition of Mark Twain's The Adentures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (Spencer Press, 1953).  It's not really that exciting, I'm afraid.  I wonder why.

Donahey did another comic strip in 1925, The Pixeys, about a dysfunctional and somewhat disagreeable family of normal-sized people.  It is not one of my favorites.

Donahey also did some postcards for the Chicago Tuberculosis Institute in 1920.  See below:

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The picture of Donahey at the top came from the February, 1952, issue of Hobbies, which contains a very informative article about the artist by his wife, Mary Dickerson Donahey.


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