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Auction 147, Lot 132

"Bill Whiffletree's Bootlegger's Map of the United States",

Subject: United States

Period: 1925 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

30.1 x 20.3 inches
76.5 x 51.6 cm
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This unique wall map spoofing prohibition is by Edward McCandlish. Filled with puns, nothing is sacred in this hilarious look at alcohol and prohibition. Many place names are plays on words, like Chi-keg-o, Albu-Corky, Fill-More, Booze (Boise), and many more (some so bad they hurt) - The pints of the compass are Norse, Wets, Yeast, and Souse. McCandlish was a prominent illustrator for the children's page in many newspapers in the 1920's and 1930's, making this parody a radical departure. A wonderful piece of Americana that beautifully captures the humor and mood of the time. Backed in linen and mounted on wooden rollers, with linen ties.


Condition: B

There are several cracks and small tears in the image that are supported by the linen. Moderate overall toning with several edge chips and short tears in the blank margins. Rollers are present and intact.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 11/20/2013