Asheville Archives: Billy Borne’s 1922 cartoons

THE FUNNIES: A look at 1922 through the illustrations of former Asheville Citizen cartoonist, Billy Borne.

As in years past, we revisit cartoonist Billy Borne‘s work as part of our latest Humor Issue. For over two decades, starting in 1907, Borne offered commentary on local, national and international matters through his illustrations, published in The Asheville Citizen.

Our focus here, however, is exclusively on 1922. As readers will see, Borne’s cartoons from this period reveal a year of significant growth for Asheville, following the previous year’s recession-turned-depression. Also in the mix is local politics, taxes, environmental concerns and tourism.

Published Jan. 4, 1922
Published Jan. 27, 1922
Published March 4, 1922
Published April 5, 1922
Published April 23, 1922
Published May 4, 1922
Published May 25, 1922
Published June 3, 1922
Published June 26, 1922
Published July 29, 1922
Published July 31, 1922
Published Dec. 28, 1922



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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. His writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, the Miracle Monocle, Juked and elsewhere. His debut novel, The Wind Under the Door, is now available.

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