During the early years a feature of the Chronicle was the cartoons by Phil Blanchard, who was also a reporter under the title of ‘The Jackass’. Phil also gave us the postcards featured elsewhere on this site.
Phil includes himself in his cartoons (the wild-haired man) and the editor (pinstriped and hated). Even Fred McCave and his brother were included in some.
Quote from Hilda Holloway’s Canvey memories:-
Next to our bungalow on Canvey lived Phil Blanchard – he had a hugh garden and spent all day tending it. He had a long white beard and only needed the appearance of Peter Rabbit to be straight out of a Beatrix Potter story!