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1940s Bonzo the Dog Vintage Color Postcard - British Comic Cartoon Character - 1949 Edinburgh, Scotland Postmark - Artist-Signed George Studdy
Late 1940's Bonzo the Dog vintage color cartoon postcard features the well-known British cartoon character of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, enjoying a cup of tea and a hot-dog with his high-class Pekinese friend at a carnival concession. The caption reads: "Say Kid, Think of the Poor Blighters in the Ritz!" On the back of this George E. Studdy artist-signed postcard is an August 10, 1949, postmark from Edinburgh, Scotland, and the brief cryptic message "Sunday reminiscences" from "Norman" to a Miss L.B. Claxton of Enfield, Middlesex, a northeast suburb of London.
Created by British commercial artist George E. Studdy, 1878 - 1948, the Bonzo dog character first appeared as a regular feature in The Sketch Magazine in 1922. Resembling a bull terrier - with one black ear, one white ear, a few black spots, a stub of a tail crinkly face, golf-ball nose, big feet and big blue eyes - the laughing pudgy pup Bonzo became an instant success. In the early 1920's, the Bonzo character became the envy of politicians, film stars, and beautiful women. His creator put him in situations that made him an "Everyman" - a "man-in-the-street" symbol that denounced all forms of pomposity. Bonzo drank, gambled, and had a wicked eye for pretty women, but he was never violent, spitefully unkind, or offensive.
Bonzo was a hit, not just in the United Kingdom, but also world-wide - and he appeared on numerous posters, in films and even on the stage. He also inspired much commercial merchandise of the 1920s, including cuddly and mechanical toys, ashtrays, pincushions, trinket boxes, car mascots, jigsaw puzzles, books, calendars, candies, and a profusion of postcards. Bonzo, wearing a set of headphones, became the "Crosley Pup", for the mass-produced Crosley AM radio first introduced in the United States in 1925. Both Bonzo advertising items and Crosley Pup radios have become valuable collectibles.
This 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" card is printed in lovely three-color lithography on standard weight postcard stock. Artwork is signed by the artist. Registered Copyright postcard was published by British postcard publisher Valentine's & Son, Ltd., of Dundee and London, England, and printed in Great Britain.
CONDITION: Standard-sized postcard is in great condition. The colors are bright, and the images are sharp and clean. There are not creases or folds. The corners and edges show some wear, as well as some light brown discoloration on the back.
PHOTO NOTE: The scanning process distorts the clarity of the image and the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is exaggerated. The colors are actually more vivid and the clarity much greater when viewed in person. Minor soiling, small blemishes and slight defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and are usually much less noticeable when viewed in person.
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