‘Treatment’ cartoon sequence
Mellor Papers, Box 8, folder 1
In 1930 Mellor became unwell, and was diagnosed with an ‘advanced stage of anaemia’. In 1932, he suffered a severe bout of ‘ptomaine poisoning’, which is a food-borne illness caused by bacteria. And from that point onwards, illness stalked Mellor. He spent March-April 1937 in a nursing home for an unstated illness, and from that event he created his ‘Benjamin Button’ cartoon, where the adult (‘Peter Pan’) reverts back to childhood, and even further - ‘unborn’. Perhaps Mellor was a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s and read his ‘Benjamin Button’ short story of 1922 while recuperating.
J. W. Mellor, “‘Treatment’ cartoon sequence,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed June 2, 2023, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8967.