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Three ten-soldier sets of McLoughlin Paper Soldiers
New York: McLoughlin Bros, 1875. Unbound. Very good. Three different sets of multicolor McLoughlin Paper Soldier cards. One set of cards features a set of Civil War era drummers and fifers. The other two sets feature Civil War era Zouaves. While the Zouaves outlines are the same, the uniform coloring is different for each set. Each ten-soldier set of accordion-fold cards (two-soldiers per card) measures approximately 14.5" x 4.5" unfolded. Each of the sets are similarly folded so that their titles (Paper Soldiers) appear on the top card; publishing information ("McLoughlin Bros., Manfrs. N.Y.") appears on the second cards, and Directions ("Cut out above the line close to the figure. Leave uncut all below the line, for fastening to little blocks or stands.") are printed on the third cards. Bright colors, no splits or tears, just some minor wear. A little foxing to the reverse of two sets. Mentioned in Whitton's Paper Toys of the World, pp. 84-85. Apparently about a dozen different groupings with at least two different style title cards were sold. As of 2018, none are currently for sale in the trade. OCLC identifies only one institutional holding (Yale). About a dozen single sets have come up for auction over the last ten years, and pricing is all over the place for complete single five-card strips from a high of $650 a piece in a Freeman's auction to one as low as $35 on .
      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2018-01-08           Check availability:      Biblio    

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