Awesome 1920’s illustration study in gouache paint on artist’s board. “The Line is Busy!” Depicts a young girl holding the receiver of an old candlestick phone up to the ear of her Japanese Chin dog, while inset scenes below depict the operator telling a frustrated caller that the line is busy. Unsigned but purchased with a group of Netta Filer’s similar works signed in the same estate. Measures 20in x 14in overall and about 16in x 10in image area only. Condition: light wear and pin holes at far edges, image is in excellent condition. Netta M. Filer lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan and is listed as an artist in the 1899 Kalamazoo City Directory, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1901-1902 and applied for a series of fine art copyrights in 1908-1909. The August 1902 edition of Duluth Evening mentions Filer as having designed the cover for The Pilgrim magazine.
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