Hamcall.net tells me that was E. Paul Howard in Briarwood, NY back in 1952 and 1954.
Usually that signature is missing. The reason I've finally put it together is that by chance I've found what may be it's origin: the February 1947 issue of CQ Magazine. The article was by Eric R. Adams VWE3ALG from Toronto, ON. The article is just a character piece on cranky tinkering radio hobbyist neighbors. I's accompanied by 3 drawings of the old ham. the largest and most easily scanned is the one above.
It must have struck a cord with people because I continue to see it five decades later.