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Auction 93, Lot 468

"Un-Business-Like Jack", Anon.

Subject: Cartoons

Period: 1860 (circa)

Publication: Humoristic Publishing Co.

Color: Printed Color

11.8 x 15.7 inches
30 x 39.9 cm
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Very early example of cartoon art, printed in full color one one side. It consists of a series of scenes with text below each panel, which tells a moral story. They were printed for the Humoristic Publishing Co., Kansas City, MO, ca. 1860, possibly for distribution at Suday schools. They provide a fascinating view od mid-19th century moral views. This is the story of the misadventures of Jack, who seems to get nothing that he tries quite right. The moral being that "a person' desires should always be limited by his means".


Condition: A

Paper is a bit fragile as they are printed on early newsprint, but unblemished with bright colors.

Estimate: $40 - $60

Sold for: $18

Closed on 12/6/2000