Archive of famed Cartoonist Merrill Blosser who was best known for his long running cartoon strip "Freckles & Friends".
This small collection of items comes from his very early years and while he was going to Blue Ridge College in Union Bridge, Maryland for just one year. While as a student of that now defunct school he got his first taste in cartooning from the Frederick News in 1911. After leaving Maryland in 1912 he ultimately started his comic strip of Freckles & Friends which started in 1915 and lasted until 1965, making it one of the longest running comic strips in history.
The postcards personally hand illustrated appear to go to a female acquaintance he was courting named Mae Barrick of Woodsboro, Maryland. And another love letter to Miss Mae Barrack where he illustrated a self-portrait of himself on the envelope. There are two Real Photo Postcards dated 1910 where he writes to Mae directly. The first RPPC stating this is his home in Nappanee, Indiana where he is anxious to return. And another RPPC showing East Market Street in Nappanee, Indiana where he writes to Mae and states he will be back in Maryland shortly.
There are three tintype photographs in the collection. I suspect they are of Mae Barrick. One tintype in particular shows her reading the comic strips of a newspaper which is likely the first newspaper Merrill Blosser began cartooning that being the above mentioned Frederick News in 1911Included in this grouping is an uncommon Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Scenery fold-out traveling book and a return excursion ticket dated 1885 to Maudertown,Va. Something that likely belonged to his or Mae's parents and was saved with for other reasons.
I love the tintype in this grouping because it was done by Mae as in obvious form of affection to show Merrill how she and her friends were looking at his cartoons. In conclusion a wonderful pre-WW1 grouping of early illustrations by one of America's greatest cartoonist.
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