np, nd (1910s?). Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-5488
Oblong 6 x 9.75", stiff paper. Soiling, staining, light creasing, pencil numbers on back else good. Shown are a tall black bird(?) with a long skinny tail saying "How Does It Look On The Level" and wearing three tiers of ruffles, the words "Meaning Joy" with an arrow that points to the bird's tail; a small dog a small dog with a black spot (Bunk?) who opines "Looks Like A Stalk Of Celery" and a small white furry dog wearing a top hat who says "Oh You Fluffy Ruffles". These three creatures appeared together in 1909 in the comic strip "And His Name Was Bunk". The finla figure is a young woman with a ponytail and a small straw hat wearing a long ruffled scarf, a note attached to her skirt reads "Blue-Eyes" and tells the other three "Oo See Wot Jawnie Sent Me Frum Noo Yorik!" Written in a corner "Merry Xmas Vu -TAD-". Tad Dorgan, a San Francisco native, created his first comic strip "Johnny Wise" in 1902 while employed at the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1905, he was working in New York at the New York Journal. Perhaps this is a card that he (Johnny/Jawnie) sent from New York back home to one of his sisters/family, he was the oldest of eleven children. This artwork was acquired in San Francisco. Personalized or signed art from TAD is SCARCE.