T.O. Honiball

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T.O. Honiball (Thomas Osche) (7/12/1905-) Celebrated cartoonist.

Born in Cradock, grew up in Stellenbosch, studied architecture at University of Cape Town for year, before going to Chicago where he did commercial art. Returned to South Africa in 1930, to work for Napier Advertising in Cape Town for a few years. Then became a freelance illustrator and cartoonist for Die Burger and Die Huisgenoot till 1974. Creator of the now famous allegorical series called Oom Kaspaas (1939-1957) and Adoons-hulle (1948-1971), in which the main characters are a community of baboons. Also did a series on Jakkals en Wolf ("Jackall and Wolf"), classic childrens stories in Die Jongspan (1942-1969).

Some of these series were also dramatised for stage and TV over the years. **.

Designed programmes inter alia for Hendrik Hanekom's company, among them for Die Stille Haard and Die Verliefde Spook.

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