Fanny Cory

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Fanny Cory
Fanny Cory Cooney.jpg
Born(1877-10-18)October 18, 1877
Waukegan, Illinois
DiedJuly 28, 1972(1972-07-28) (aged 94)
Stanwood, Washington
Area(s)Cartoonist, illustrator
Pseudonym(s)F. Y. Cory, F. Cory Cooney, Fanny Cory Cooney, Fanny Y. Cory, FYC
Notable works
Sonnysayings (c. 1920–1956)
Little Miss Muffet (1935–1956)
Spouse(s)Fred W. Cooney (m. 1904)
ChildrenSayre, Robert, Ted

Fanny Young Cory (October 17, 1877 – July 28, 1972) was a cartoonist and book illustrator best known for her comic strips Sonnysayings and Little Miss Muffet. Cory was one of America's first female syndicated cartoonists.[1]

She went by several pen names: F. Y. Cory, F. Cory Cooney and Fanny Cory Cooney but eventually used Fanny Y. Cory as her professional name. She sometimes used FYC as a signature on her early work.


Fanny Young Cory was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on October 17, 1878, the daughter of Benjamin Sayre Cory and Jessy Salter McDougall.[2]

Cory was 14 when she went to art school in Helena, Montana. At the age of 17, she arrived in New York and enrolled at the Art Students League. She moved to Montana in 1905.[3] She died in 1972 in Stanwood, Washington.

Illustration career[edit]

Cory did covers and interior illustrations for Century, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Scribner's, The Saturday Evening Post and St. Nicholas. She was an illustrator of children's stories since 1898, under the signature of F. Y. Cory.[2]

Cory illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (published by Rand, McNally & Company, copyright 1902, 1905). She illustrated L. Frank Baum's books The Master Key and The Enchanted Island of Yew.[4] She illustrated Marion Hill's The Pettison Twins (McClure, Phillips & Co, 1906). Cory illustrated William L. Hill's Jackieboy in Rainbowland (Rand McNally & Company, 1911).[5]

Comic strips[edit]

In c. 1920[6] she began producing a one-column comic entitled Sonnysayings, distributed by the Ledger Syndicate, which appeared in many newspapers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Scotland, under the name of Fanny Y. Cory.[2] By 1935, Sonnnysayings had moved to King Features, where it ran until Cory's retirement in 1956.

In 1935 she launched Little Miss Muffet, syndicated by King Features until June 30, 1956.[7][8][9] (Little Miss Muffet was written by Tecla Scheuring from 1940–1946.)[10] A Little Miss Muffet comic book was published in 1948 and 1949 by Best Books.

Personal life[edit]

Her brother J. Campbell Cory likewise became a cartoonist.[11] Fanny Cory was related to Kate Cory, particularly noted for her photographs and paintings of the Hopi. [12]

She married Fred W. Cooney in 1905[6] and had 3 children: Sayre, Robert, Ted. She lived at Canyon Ferry, Helena, Montana.[2]


  1. ^ "Fanny Y. Cory," Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 3, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Binheim, Max; Elvin, Charles A (1928). Women of the West; a series of biographical sketches of living eminent women in the eleven western states of the United States of America. p. 233. Retrieved 8 August 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Glassmeyer, Emily (10 January 2019). "Student Post: The Life of Cartoonist and Illustrator Fanny Y. Cory". Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Blog. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ L. Frank Baum: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 46. Gale Group, 2002.
  5. ^ 1911 copy of Jackieboy in Rainbowland.
  6. ^ a b "F.Y' Cory's History as an Artist and Illustrator," F.Y. Cory Publishers, Inc. Accessed Dec. 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Douglas C. Green (Spring 1973). "Fanny Y. Cory". The Baum Bugle. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  8. ^ David Astor (1995). "'Doonesbury' man discusses his strip". Editor & Publisher. September 30, 1995. v128 n39 p30(2). Article reports on a meeting with several speakers; "Fanny Cory, author of Little Miss Muffet" was mentioned in a talk by Trina Robbins, author of A Century of Women Cartoonists.
  9. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Fanny Cory Cooney". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26.
  10. ^ Allan Holtz (May 2, 2011). "Obscurity of the Day: Little Miss Muffet". Stripper's Guide (blog). Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  11. ^ Dickinson, Harriet C. (1914). Some Chronicles of the Cory Family. New York: Tobias A. Wright. pp. 61–62.
  12. ^ Claudette Simpson, "A Little Background on Artist Kate Cory". The Prescott Courier. September 13, 1974. p. 16.

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