"Tom Bee" Barclay


McKee Barclay's brother, Thomas Barclay, established a separate identity by signing his artwork with the moniker, "Tom Bee." It was he who drew the cartoon announcing the launching of The Evening Sun in 1910. In the drawing, a boy wearing a paper hat fashioned from The Sun's front page carried a sign that read "Another Sun presented at a new time. That's all!" He continued to draw for that newspaper for several years.

In keeping with the newspaper's tradition, Tom Bee concentrated on local news, especially the bosses who dominated Maryland politics at that time. Though less adept as an artist than his brother, he nevertheless had a flair for mockery and a strong brush stroke that caught the reader's eye.

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