Cartoonist and Designer
May 29, 2020
Jane Hafling came to Alaska in 1941 at the age of 18, working for the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) as a bookkeeper.
After WWII, Jane was hired by Bob Atwood to draw weekly cartoons for the Saturday edition of the "Anchorage Times." Signing her cartoons “J. Hafling” to avoid the stigma in the male-dominated profession, Jane continued to contribute her “Review of the Week” cartoons for the Times for the next 18 years. She also designed the logos for many prominent Anchorage businesses, including the Lucky Wishbone.
In 1958, Jane, along with her husband Steve, opened Color Art Printing, which is still in operation today.
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Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming exhibition and be sure to check back for new #ExtraToughWomenAK posts. Photo: Ward Wells Collection, Anchorage Museum, B1983.091.C3067.7; How to Be an Anchorage Alaskan