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FIVE PIECES OF EXCEPTIONALLY WELL-DRAWN, HUMOROUS POSTAL FOLK ART; Five hand-illustrated envelopes by an artist known identified only as "F. R." that were sent to members of the Allen family of Massachusetts and New Hampshire
Various New England and New York locations, 1910. Unbound. Very good. The envelopes range in size from 4.25" x 2.75" to 5.75" x 3.75". All of the artwork is in black ink, and two of the designs incorporate the cover's stamp into its design. Stamps include two 3-cent Washingtons from the mid-1860s (Scott #65), a 3-cent locomotive from 1869 (Scott #114), a 3-cent Washington from the 1870s (Scott #147), and a 2-cent Washington from the 1910s (Scott Type A140). All are in nice shape; two of the envelopes were trimmed along the right edge when opened. The clever artwork appear s to have drawn by the same person over a span of 50 years. The first shows a panicked rider on a runaway horse and is captioned "No exercise I find is milder, more charming and stirring to the intellect of a student than Horseback-Riding." ride Chesterfield's letters." (No doubt a reference to Lord Chesterfield's letters to his son.) The second is of a scholar in top-hat and tails absorbed in a book while walking down the middle of a railroad track oblivious to a freight train that is rapidly approaching from behind. It is captioned, "Theoretical Theology." The third has a drawing of a man dressed in somewhat tattered clothes carrying a large bundle under his arm. It is captioned "Ye 'Job Lot' man 'hopeful.'" The fourth features a pugnacious sailor in a boxing stance next to a postmarked Washington stamp which is affixed so it appears to be lying on the deck of a ship. It is captioned, "See Here Now!! Stop That! It is bad enough to give Geo. Washington a licking without then stamping on him." And the last shows a wagon, with a stamp affixed crookedly behind, being chased down by two men who are shouting, "Hi! You've dropped your stamp!". A very nice collection of postal art drawn by a witty and skillful artist.
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