The examples in this listing are reproductions of thin cardboard pyrotechnic novelties once sold in mid-20th century fireworks stands. The fold-out prop on the back was to help the item stand up so a cigar-like smoke bomb could be placed in the mouth and lit. After quite a bit of suspenseful smoking, with the lighter of the 'cigar' standing at a safe distance, an eventual explosion was supposed to blow the head off the standee.
Authentic examples of this kind of Black Americana paper novelty had the manufacturer's name and use instructions printed on the reverse side, so a completely blank back side like you see here in this listing is a sure sign of a reproduction.
Typically you will find paperboard items like this advertised as New Old Stock (NOS) or 'Just found in an old warehouse....' to explain their lack of any appreciable patina, or perfect, undamaged condition. But even if they've been 'distressed' so as not to so much resemble the brand new items they really are, don't be misled into paying too much for an example based on a faulty description or blatantly false 'provenance.' Always keep in mind printed items like this are very easy to make and often available for purchase brand new for just a few dollars from on-line suppliers.
To see how a reproduction wholesaler can get more mileage (and money), search this shop for Item ID: 2007RP00076 to see the fake hand fan with a vintage-look they've made using the same comic character face.
Measurements are 9 3/4 inches high and 5 inches across the head.
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