Apparently no matter how small and pathetic the niche someone carves out for themselves, there’s always someone willing to try to duplicate even the barest modicum of success. With In Birdsboro, a fellow named Gilbert A.Geist chose to ride the dubiously worthy coat-tails of Horace ‘Harry’ Martin. Martin created the Weatherbird for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1901. Harry apparently only had one good idea in his head, but he was determined to beat it to death. He moved to New York City and hawked his bird strips for years to a city full of generally indifferent editors and newspaper readers. We’ve met him before here at Stripper’s Guide with posts about a few of his bird strips, Inbad the Tailor and It Happened in Birdland.
Geist, who has no other credits of which I’m aware, apparently never heard the old saw that if you’re going to steal then only steal from the best. He copied Harry’s bird characters pretty much verbatim for this series, which ran in the Philadelphia Press Sunday section from September 30 to December 23 1906 (one final left-over Sunday strip was run on Thursday, January 31 1907 to plug a hole).