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Advertising Broadside Shanghai Store Mi Li - - 1910. 
Shanghai. NA. Good. Splashy large advertisement for Shanghai curio store, with touches of humor, mocking stereotypical Chinese broken English and syntax. The business was obviously targeting American tourists. N.d., circa 1910. Measuring 61.5 by 42.5 cm. "Mi Li Er" sold, according to this ad, Chinese Joss God; Chinese Girl much pretty, twenty inch high and thirteen wide, . . . ; brass coin; copper; silver; chopsticks; etc. The English text is printed but made to look like it is handwritten and slapdash. Perfectly capturing the droll spirit is the following: "I want smart youth seal my Chinese curios. If he catch many orders he earn many cash. Write me for samples. About ten weeks it take for samples to come after you write. I send by the fast first mail steamer after your letter come to me. Send me silver or bill money. In China no can sell American copper." Otherwise, the broadside is very eye catching, with a collage of colorful imagery -- an open shrine with people milling about outside, children at play butterfly hunting, such children colliding with possibly disapproving adults, butterfly and floral decoration on a Cloisonne-like daiper or patterned background. Condition: a number of closed tears and edge chips. Some roughness overall. Evidence of neat folds where formerly folded. The imagery is fully intact and bright, though.
[Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
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