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Lombard bank donates 'Annie' collection to historical society

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Mark Bennecke, bank manager of BMO Harris Bank in downtown Lombard, donates a collection of Little Orphan Annie items to Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society. The historical society will display the memorabilia honoring the creation of Lombard cartoonist Harold Gray in a new exhibit to be designed with a $45,000 state grant.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Cartoons, dolls, coffee mugs and toys are among the Little Orphan Annie items the downtown Lombard branch of BMO Harris Bank donated to the Lombard Historical Society. The character was created by cartoonist Harold Gray while he was living in Lombard and working for the Chicago Tribune.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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It was a "hard-knock life" for the creation of one Lombard resident in the 1920s. Cartoonist Harold Gray penned the character Little Orphan Annie when he was living in town, and she grew to have a following far and wide as a syndicated comic strip. "Annie is such an important part of Lombard history," said Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society.
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    • Mark Bennecke, bank manager of BMO Harris Bank in downtown Lombard, donates a collection of Little Orphan Annie items to Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society. The historical society will display the memorabilia honoring the creation of Lombard cartoonist Harold Gray in a new exhibit to be designed with a $45,000 state grant.
    • Cartoons, dolls, coffee mugs and toys are among the Little Orphan Annie items the downtown Lombard branch of BMO Harris Bank donated to the Lombard Historical Society. The character was created by cartoonist Harold Gray while he was living in Lombard and working for the Chicago Tribune.
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