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Catherine M. Weaver
[Young Pennsylvania German Girl's c.1938-1940 Cartoon Drawing and Story Book with Text and Dialog in Pennsylfawnish Dialect]
[Ephrata, Pennsylvania, c.1938-1940, 1946]. [57] leaves. Writing Tablet. 10 x 8 inches. 90 Pencil illustrations on paper (85 tipped in and 5 laid in), several hand-colored. Some wear to extremities of string-tied tablet cover and to pulp paper leaves; overall, very good. Pennsylvania German girl's cartoon drawing book capturing daily life and humorous childhood foibles in and around Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The folk art manuscript was drawn and captioned by Catherine M. Weaver with mixed text in English and "Pennsylfawnish," a Pennsylvania-German dialect also known as Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch. The use of automobiles as well as horse drawn buggies by some of the Pennsylfawnish speakers in the cartoons suggests that Weaver may have been a member of the Old Order Mennonites, a large minority of whom used cars, but with the chrome bumpers overpainted in black so as to be unostentatious. Weaver's drawings of herself and her friends show them playing games, working in a wheat field, disturbing a bees nest, trying to catch a rooster, breaking a wishbone, sleigh riding, playing a victrola, ironing clothes, at a soda fountain, and even fighting. She sometimes refers to her drawings as "snapshots" and often mentions that some events depicted, at which she was not present, are how she imagined them having happened. For example she draws a two-panel scene of her friend Katie being asked out on a date by a car-driving boy: "I read his thought and your thoughts. This is how I imagined it look on Sunday eve." Sometimes Weaver simply captions a scene "this happened." In … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Ian Brabner, Rare Americana, LLC [United States]
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