Friday, September 16, 2016


Wish You Were Here, from Chester Gould

Almost all the postcards in my collection are from the 1900s and 1910s, but here's a much later one, from 1942 to be exact. As you can guess, this postcard was designed to be sent home by a G.I., and therefore the card was presumably distributed almost exclusively on military bases.

Famous Artists Syndicate (of which I know nothing) seems to have licensed the characters for their military postcard line primarily from the Chicago Tribune (Dick Tracy, Moon Mullins in multiple versions) but also a few feature King Features characters (Snuffy Smith, Popeye).

Chester Gould likely had nothing to do with this card, because it appears that the Tracy characters are stock art and the rest of the art is not by Gould. I imagine that this is true of the rest of the cards in this line as well.


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