Title: Assortment of Handwritten Newspapers, ...
Publisher: 1913-1914, Cleveland, Ohio
Publication Date: 1913
Handwritten newspapers, with calligraphic flourishes, original drawings, and tipped-on images and clippings. 5 items, and each one is different (and delightful). Edited by M. Ruggles and Ruth Stowell. All are in excellent condition, only THE BABBLER (see below) has some light wear along the edges. THE TELL TALE, "A Periodical of Sense and Nonsense Mixed with Sarcasm Concerning People We Know," September 20, 1913: One sheet, 7.5-by-11 inches, handwritten on both sides, with one tipped-on clipping from an unidentified newspaper (a series of rhymes). Consists mostly of the editor's comments, with a few announcements, and a lot of gags -- extra extra, to be honest, it's mostly nonsense, and happily so. SUPPLEMENT TO THE TELL TALE: One heavy cardstock leaf, folded into 4 pages, approx. 7-by-8 inches. Some handwritten gags, plus numerous clippings (mostly artwork) from unidentified newspapers and magazines, featuring poems, comics, a story about a cat who plays the piano, and advertising space for sale. TID BITS OF WIT AND HUMOR: One heavy cardstock leaf, folded into 4 pages, approx. 7.5-by-10 inches. Handwritten material, clippings from unidentified newspapers and magazines (mostly images), and original drawings (including one of a man reading TID BITS in the loo). THE BABBLER, July 1914: One heavy cardstock leaf, folded into 4 pages, approx. 9.5-by-12 inches, and the only one in the bunch illustrated in color. With an American flag motif behind the title, hand-colored drawings, wonderful pen-and-ink sketches, quite a lot of handwritten material, and images and articles clipped from unidentified newspapers and magazines. A nice assortment of local news ("Miss Dulcia Baker is confined to the house with chicken pox"), jokes, fake ads, and Fourth of July preparations. THE EVENING BLAT: One heavy cardstock leaf folded into 4 pages, approx. 11-by-14 inches. This one entirely handwritten and illustrated (no clippings), with wonderfully executed lettering and drawings. An heartily charming collection, clearly made in good fun -- abundant in silliness, cleverness, and humor. All are nicely laid-out, with panels, columns, ads, and artwork replicating the look of an actual newspaper. "Nervous young man would like quiet place (without girls) for vacation. Call Dean." Read all about it. Bookseller Inventory # D4044
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