MEET THE TEENIE WEENIES
In his wonderful The Teenie Weenies Book, Joseph M. Cahn states that there are 26 named inhabitants of the Teenie Weenie village. I have never been able to figure out how he came up with that number. Not all of the Teenie Weenies were active during the entire run of the strip, but here is my list, in more or less alphabetic order. As you can see, I came up with 45, plus some others I couldn't really count.
--. the Army: 1914. In the very early strips, the General occasionally calls out the Teenie Weenie Army, which does not consist of the regular Teenie Weenies in uniform. In later strips, the Army is dropped and named TWs are enlisted
1. Aunt Tess: 6/18/1961 - 1970. White-haired workaholic and domineering old bat. Not to be confused with Tess (Bone / Guff / Turk).
--. the babies' mother: see "Tess (Bone / Guff / Turk)".
2. Bell, Baby Bell: 8/1/15. One shot appearance as the subject of a poem: "Cry cry cry, Baby Bell. Went to sleep in a peanut shell."
3. Buddy Guff: veteran of the Great War. Married Tess Bone, father of Dot. 1918(?)-1924.
4. the Carpenter: 1914-1915(?)
5. the Chinese man: 1915(?)-1970. Oriental laundryman. Donahey's favorite (IMHO). Also called Chuck Lee. And once called Henry.
--. Chuck Lee: see "the Chinese Man".
6. the Clown: 1914-1924. (In one strip he is referred to as "Nipper".)
7. the Cook: 1914-1970.
8. the Cowboy: 1914-1970.
--. Danny Dunce: see "the Dunce."
9. the Doctor: 1914-1970. My own personal favorite.
10. the dog: 1914-1917(?).
11. Dorothy (Dot) Guff: born 3/11/1923. Not seen after 1924.
12. the Dunce: 1914-1970. (Note: in one strip he is called "Danny Dunce")
13. the Dutchman: 1914-1918(?).
--. the Fire Department: 1914. Like the Army, an unnamed band later replaced by individual Teenie Weenies.
14. the General: 1914-1970. Leader of the little village.
--. the Giant: see "Paddy Pinn."
15. Gogo: 1916(?)-1924, 1941-1970. The Teenie Weenie "colored man."
16, 17. the Guff sisters: 1918(?)-1921(?). Two unnamed (to the best of my knowledge) young women.
--. Guffs: see "Buddy Guff," "Guff sisters", "Miss Guff", "Sally Guff.", and "Tess (Bone / Guff / Turk)".
18. Grandma(s): 10/25/1914. In the strip Donahey refers to "one of the Teenie Weenie grandmas." They are never otherwise referenced.
19. Grandpa(s). 1914-1924. In the earliest strips there are at least two Grandpas, but later only one. Teenie Weenie Town (1942) mentions "a Teenie Weenie grandpa", but there is no picture, and he does not have an important role.
--. Henry: there is no Teenie Weenie named "Henry". The politically correct editor of Harvey Magazine # 7 renamed the Chinese man "Henry" to avoid offending any Oriental readers.
20. the Indian: 1914-1924, 1941-1970.
21. the Jap: 1914. Only appeared in five strips.
22. Jerry Lover: 4/2/1916-1924. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lover, twin of Tom Lover.
23. Judy Turk: 7/31/1966-1970. Daughter of the Turk and Mrs. Turk, the last Teenie Weenie.
24. the Lady of Fashion: 1914-1970. At first vain and interested only in clothes, she became the village school-mistress, nurse, etiquette supervisor, and housekeeper.
--. the Lover. see "Mr. Lover."
25. Miss Guff: 1918(?)-1921(?). Oldest of the four Guff sisters, a prim and proper spinster.
26. Miss Jackson: 3/25/1923-1924. "Colored" nursemaid, full name Capatola Victrola Pinchneck Jackson.
27: the Minister: 6/20/1915. Seen only at the wedding of the Lover and the Sweetheart (Mr. and Mrs. Lover).
28. Mooie: 1917, 1923, and Wildwood. Queen of the Saboes.
29. Mr. Lover: 1914-1924. Originally the Lover until his wedding in 1915.
--. Mr. Turk: see "the Turk."
30. Mrs. Lover: 1914-1924. Originally the Sweetheart until her wedding in 1915.
--. Mrs. Turk: see "Tess (Bone, Guff, Turk)"
31. Nipper: 1941(?)-1970. Not named at first, later determined to be the son of Tess and the Turk. Brother of Zero and Judy. (Nipper is also the given name of the Clown (qv) and the name of a pinching bug of the 1940's that predated naming the boys.)
32. the Old Soldier with a Wooden Leg: 1914-1970. Civil War veteran.
33. Paddy Pinn: 1917(?)-1923. At 4 inches tall, the Teenie Weenie Giant.
34. the Poet: 1917(?)-1924. Also known as Rufus Rhyme.
35. the Policeman: 1914-1970.
--. the Professor(?): 1914. Wearing a mortarboard and spectacles, never named but quite prominent in the earliest strips..
--. Rufus Rhyme: see "the Poet."
--. the Saboes: 1917, 1923. A savage tribe of "Wild Men" living near the Teenie Weenies (in Michigan?)
36. the Sailor: 1914-1970.
--. the Sailor's wife: see "Sally Guff"
37. Sally Guff: 1918(?)-1924(?). Married the Sailor in an advertisement in 1926. Referred to as "The Sailor's Wife" on a deck of trading cards in 1928.
??. Santa: 12/23/1945. The Christmas symbol, as a Teenie Weenie, was actually the cut-out, which means he was a Teenie Weenie, even if he's not, really. Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny and Father Time also made appearances in dreams or tales told by the elders, but cannot really be counted.
38. the Scotchman: 10/25/1914-1924.
39. Snip: 1934. Baby. (Snip is also the name of the baby in Donahey's other comic strip, The Pixeys.)
--. the Soldier. The 1/1/1945 cut-out (who doesn't appear in the story) is "Teenie Weenie Soldier", carrying a gun and wearing a uniform similar to the General's. In the 5/19/46 strip the Dunce and Gogo are on guard wearing the same uniforms, and the Dunce in uniform is the cut-out. There is no Teenie Weenie Soldier (except for the Old Soldier with a Wooden Leg) per se after 1914, see "the Army."
--. the Sweetheart. See "Mrs. Lover."
40. Tess (Bone, Guff, Turk): 1916(?)-1970. Married Buddy Guff in 1918, one daughter, Dorothy. Not named in the 1933 incarnation, but there is an unnamed matron, the mother of Snip. Reappeared in 1941, unnamed for quite a while, eventually identified as Tess and as "the babies' mother" (Nipper and Zero), even later identified as the wife of the Turk. Called "Mrs. Turk" exclusively after the advent of Aunt Tess. Daughter Judy born 7/31/1966.
41. Tom Lover: 04/02/1916-1924. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lover, twin of Jerry Lover.
42. Tommy Atkins: 1914. Only seen in four of the first five strips. Dressed as a bellhop.
43. the Turk: 1914-1970.
--. the Wild Man: see "Zip".
--. the Witch: 1923, 1924. Not a true Teenie Weenie, rather an illustration of a Halloween song in Teenie Weenie Land, and a top-of-page illustration (riding a bat) in the 10/26/24 strip.
44. Zero: 1942(?)-1970. Teenie Weenie baby. Not named at first, later determined to be the son of Tess and the Turk. Brother of Nipper and Judy.
45. Zip: 1917(?)-1924. The Teenie Weenie "Wild Man", a converted Sabo.
There were a host of other unnamed Teenie Weenies during the early days, specifically boys, girls and women. There were a few unnamed men, including one who wore a fedora hat, and several wearing the soft cone hats that became identified with Mr. Lover.
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