An original gouache on board painting with some airbrush, titled at bottom "ED WYNN", the subject actor Ed Wynn (1886-1966), who famously dressed in red fire hat and costume in the 1930's pioneering radio show "The Fire Chief", sponsored by oil company Texaco. Wynn was an American actor and comedian who started in Vaudeville in 1903 and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies in 1914. He had a decades-long career in entertainment, writing, directing and producing Broadway shows, hosting comedic early TV variety shows in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and appearing in numerous Disney productions. It is said that Walt Disney was one of those carrying Wynn's coffin. Wynn was offered but declined the title role in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, and discovered Red Skelton. The drawing should be of interest to those who collect both Hollywood entertainment memorabilia and Petroliana. The age of the drawing is unknown, though I do not believe it dates to the 1930's when the show was first on Written on the back is "Ed Wynn (1932) by Guy A. Minchin/Georgetown, Mass." and "Researched by Richard A. Ritter (son in law)"---son in law to Guy Minchin, that is. The work has some edge and corner bumps, creases and abrasions, and is unframed, but the important imagery is clean and in good condition.
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