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Tobacco poster. - Old Gold Cut Plug.

Rochester NY, Wm S. Kimball & Co (c1900?). Chromolithograph poster 55x36cm with metal strips at top and bottom with hanging loop at the top. A crease, a surface blemish to the left hand side, some small tears and scratches; not perfect but still pretty good. With a smaller Kimball chromolithograph card 28x16cm of a more modest but still morally questionable young woman (c1890?). ¶ A masterpiece of the offensive - so much packed into a couple of square feet of ink and paper. I haven't been so impressed by the economy in insult to at least three quarters of the world since I got a set of Zulu Lulu swizzle sticks (beware of recent imitations, by the way). American drawn (signed Van) and American printed (by the Stecher Lithographic Co. of Rochester) but this was a Japanese shop poster. A fair amount of Kimball trade card beauties float around and a series of darker skinned 'natives' but I can't find anything remotely like this. Was it judged too ripe for an American audience and shipped off to tantalise and amuse Japanese smokers? The accompanying card is too large to be a trade card for customers and was presumably for shop display.
AUD 800.00 [Appr.: EURO 501.75 US$ 559.18 | £UK 417.5 | JP¥ 64426] Book number 10845

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