Friday, October 07, 2016


Wish You Were Here, from R.F. Outcault

Here's another card from Outcault's 1904 Kaufmann & Strauss Co. series. This one claims a Valentine's Day theme, but what the cartoon has to do with that occasion is beyond my ability to reason out.


Kaufman & Strauss had commissioned a series of cards by big name cartoonists, often using their characters, like Opper doing a batch with Happy Hooligan. Outcault seemed to do a Tige-only series. None of them were specific to Valentine's day, in fact the same cards were usually seen with the ornate "Valentine greetings" logo missing. It seems Valentine's day was an extra heavy post card season so they would overprint that same logo in a blank area of the image.
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