from 'Building Provincetown, The History of Provincetown Told Through Its Built Environment:
Henry Major | Died 1948: A patinated gull seems — by the exertion of its wings — poised to fly out of the bronze disk that frames it in this exquisite high- and low-relief plaque by William Boogar. Major was a Hungarian artist and caricaturist who lived in New York and summered in Provincetown from the mid-1930s until his death, at the home of Dr. Clara M. Thompson. (See below.) He liked to say that when he was born, he sketched his midwife. His caricatures of prominent politicians and entertainers appeared in Hearst newspapers and were distributed by the King Features Syndicate. Major created a stock character, the Gay Philosopher (no, not that kind), who appeared in illustrations or on tchotchkes offering some affirmative aphorism or other like “Bad officials are elected by good citizens — who fail to vote.”
He has taught all men a respect for life.
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