Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm Buster Brown, and I live in a shoe. ♥♥♥♥

That's my dog, Tige, and he lives there, too. ♥

My Valentine, Valentine

6 5/8" x 4"
circa 1920s
die-cut mechanical
Buster Brown Styled Child and Cat
by Richard Felton Outcault

Outcault created the first merchandised, comic strip character with his Yellow Kid from the Hogan's Alley strip of the 1890s.  Buster Brown came along in 1902.  This character can be found on many items - most famously on the Brown Shoe Companies' shoes, often accompanied with Tige, his dog. Some of the other child characters Outcault drew on valentines featured children with chin-length hair and hats with up-turned brims - just like Buster.

You can't believe how pleased I would be if you would be My Valentine. What a chance.

5 1/2" x 3 1/2"
dated 1907
by Raphael Tuck
 Series 106


Companies Outcault is known to have worked for (list is not to be considered complete):



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