AMERICAN CARD CATALOG "P3" HUGE COLLECTION OF CARTOONIST CIGARETTE GIVE-AWAY BUTTONS c.1912.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Auction #211 - Part II
Item numbers 1197 through 2870 in auction 211
This collection, the most extensive known to us, is housed in a high quality black ring binder in its own slipcase. The 7/8" buttons are arranged in alphabetical order in plastic coin pages. When Buttons In Sets was published in 1984 we knew of 290 of these done in color. The collector of these, in the years since, has identified 376 known. This collection consists of 340 of those 376. Only 10 have some stain and vast majority have their Tokio or Hassen cigarette back-papers. The buttons come with a typed alphabetical list of all 376 and there are spacers in the album to fill in the missing 36. The collection includes 74 of 79 known that typically include the phrase "I'm The Guy" plus there is one here reading "I'm The Man" and another "I'm The Girl." Many famous early newspaper artists contributed their cartoons to this huge series. They include: Rube Goldberg, TAD (Thomas Dorgan), Hal Hoffman, Bud Fisher, Krazy Kat creator George Herriman, Jiggs creator George McManus, Tom McNamara, Rudolph Dirks, Thomas Powers, Gus Mager, C.M. Payne, and one identified by the initials "HBM." Sometimes the same cartoon was used with different sayings, and vice versa. An amazing collection. See following related collection.
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