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Auction 118, Lot 916

"Martha, the Good Negress", Anon.

Subject: Comic Strip

Period: 1860 (circa)

Publication: Humoristic Publishing Co.

Color: Printed Color

11.8 x 15.7 inches
30 x 39.9 cm

Uncommon, Civil War era comic strip. This is the story of a slave and her young mistress. The planter and mistress are both good people and of course Martha is very thankful to have such a kind mistress. The final panel ends "Long live the good Whites!" And her young mistress who was not ungrateful responded "Long live the good Blacks!"


Condition: B

Paper is a bit fragile as it was printed on early newsprint, but unblemished with bright colors. Short marginal tears and a few chips closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $110 - $130

Sold for: $140

Closed on 3/6/2007