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Blondie's Maiden Name

Blondie Boopadoop entered the world more than 70 years ago, on Sept. 8, 1930, the featured character of a new comic strip by Murat Bernard "Chic" Young (1901-1973). A flighty flapper, at first she dated playboy Dagwood Bumstead, son of the millionaire, J. Bolling Bumstead, a railroad magnate, along with several other boyfriends. The comic strip floundered, however, until Young decided to have the couple fall deeply in love.

Blondie Gets Married Dagwood

This exhibition, Blondie Gets Married!, shows how Young chronicled their courtship, wedding and domestic life as husband and wife. Read a story by a Library curator on the exhibition and another by the cartoonist's daughter.

This online presentation is one of the many exhibitions available from the Library of Congress Exhibitions Web site - from "American Treasures" to treasures from the Vatican Library, from Sigmund Freud to masters of caricature and from the Gettysburg Address to the Russian Empire. These exhibitions reflect the unparalled breadth and depth of the collections of the Library of Congress and offer thought-provoking interpretive presentations of these materials.

Images by Chic Young from the Library of Congress exhibition "Blondie Gets Married." Reproduction Nos. Image A: LC-USZ62-126685; Image B: LC-USZ62-126684. The comic strips are a "Gift to the Nation" from Jeanne Young O'Neil. Reproduced with special permission from King Features Syndicate, Jeanne Young O'Neil and Dean Young.