El Comancho — nationally syndicated?!
Walter Shelley “El Comancho” Phillips was quite the self-promoter…
From nationally circulated Western stories in newspapers and magazines, to the books of fiction he published, to his ambitious Chinook Jargon dictionary, his name and rough-hewn persona as a frontier expert are hard to miss when you’re researching the history of this language.
Here’s a curio of his career:
The above pre-World War 2 logo was used for a short time atop a longer-running column of his in a Washington, DC newspaper. I’m curious how Phillips landed that gig all the way across the country, and whether his Chinuk Wawa column was carried in other papers.
You can imagine why this swastika logo — which may have resulted from somebody telling somebody “this is an Indian symbol” while thinking of Madras, India, not Madras, Oregon — became poison as the Nazis racked up atrocities.