Archivally framed and matted in thin dark mahogany toned wooden frame with French matting of a tone similar to cartoon.
In 1910, Herriman launched "The Dingbat Family," later renamed "The Family Upstairs," for The New York Evening Journal, a Hearst paper. An interesting side note is that Herriman is credited with creating the word, "dingbat." The strip featured the adventures of an ordinary family dealing with their annoying upstairs neighbors. Herriman was the first to use the word "dingbat" to indicate a silly, empty-headed person. [see KRAZY George Herriman, a Life in Black and White, Michael Tisserand, Harper/Collins publ] ] .. Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse began as space fillers for The Family Upstairs then expanded into their own comic strip. King Feature Syndicate owned by William Randolph Hearst supported Herriman's art throughout his career. Herriman's comics did not enjoy a mass following, but they were popular among an artistic and intellectual set [see [see KRAZY George Herriman, a Life in Black and White, Michael Tisserand, Harper/Collins publ].