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This collection of historical manuscripts covers multiple eras from the Civil War to WWII to modern times. It also spans multiple social genres--such as politics, business, aviation, entertainment, literature and art--and includes examples from Presidents to iconic businessmen to cultural heroes to important writers and artists. Some of the highlights include: a rare handwritten interview from Watchmen author, Alan Moore, an Enzo Ferrari signed copy of Appunti di Storia, a Walt Disney TLS, a signed menu from Truman’s famous “Whistle Stop Tour” of 1948, an original Robert E. Lee CDV, a set of vintage PUCK magazine covers signed by the brilliant political artist, Frederick Opper, and a compilation of signed letters by some of the best cartoonists and illustrators in history, including Stan Lee, Garry Trudeau, Dean Young, Ham Fisher, Mort Walker, Alex Toth, Douglas Borgstedt and Paul Conrad, to name a few.

Advance Bidding starts January 27 and Live Bidding starts at 11am Saturday, February 15, 2014. All questions welcome and preview is available by appointment. Please call (323) 250-3980 or email us at blacksparrowauctions@gmail.com.
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Kerry Drake Cartoonist Alfred Andriola Typed Letter Signed1 - Kerry Drake Cartoonist Alfred Andriola Typed Letter Signed
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ANDRIOLA, Alfred. (1912-1983) American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Kerry Drake, for which he won a Reuben Award in 1970. His work someti
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Original Douglas Borgstedt Drawing of Ted Kennedy and Camelot2 - Original Douglas Borgstedt Drawing of Ted Kennedy and Camelot
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BORGSTEDT, Douglas. (1911-2001) American cartoonist and cartoon editor for the Saturday Evening Post from 1940-42 before serving in the United States
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Original Douglas Borgstedt Drawing Depicting the Death of "Respect & Privacy"3 - Original Douglas Borgstedt Drawing Depicting the Death of "Respect & Privacy"
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BORGSTEDT, Douglas. (1911-2001) American cartoonist and cartoon editor for the Saturday Evening Post from 1940-42 before serving in the United States
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Terry and the Pirates Cartoonist Milton Caniff Typed Letter Signed4 - Terry and the Pirates Cartoonist Milton Caniff Typed Letter Signed
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CANIFF, Milton. (1907-1988) American cartoonist best known for his comic strips Steve Canyon and Terry and the Pirates. Caniff’s style influe...
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Terry and the Pirates Cartoonist Milton Caniff Autographed Note Signed with Sketch5 - Terry and the Pirates Cartoonist Milton Caniff Autographed Note Signed with Sketch
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CANIFF, Milton. (1907-1988) American cartoonist best known for his comic strips Steve Canyon and Terry and the Pirates. Caniff’s style influe...
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Clarence Chamberlin Signed First Edition Autobiography Record Flights6 - Clarence Chamberlin Signed First Edition Autobiography Record Flights
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CHAMBERLIN, Clarence D. Record Flights. Dorrance and Company Publishers, Philadelphia, (1928). First edition. Octavo (8 ¼ X 5 5/8 in., 208 X 14...
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Original Paul Conrad Charles Lindbergh Tribute Drawing7 - Original Paul Conrad Charles Lindbergh Tribute Drawing
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CONRAD, Paul Francis. (1924-2010) American political cartoonist and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning. Original ink on paper il
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Paul Conrad Signed "Ex-Presidents At Work" Print8 - Paul Conrad Signed "Ex-Presidents At Work" Print
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CONRAD, Paul Francis. (1924-2010) American political cartoonist and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning. With a career spanning f
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Actress Marion Davies Autograph Letter Signed9 - Actress Marion Davies Autograph Letter Signed
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DAVIES, Marion. (1897-1961) American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies, a film comedienne, was romantically and profess
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Virginia Davis Signed Limited Edition Re-release "Alice in Wonderland" Program10 - Virginia Davis Signed Limited Edition Re-release "Alice in Wonderland" Program
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DAVIS, Virginia. (1918-2009) American film child actor best known for her work in the Walt Disney series known as the Alice Comedies, or Alice In Cart
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Walt Disney Typed Letter Signed - March 6, 196411 - Walt Disney Typed Letter Signed - March 6, 1964
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DISNEY, Walt. (1901-1966). One of the most iconic names in business and entertainment, Walt Disney was a major figure in animation and had built an in
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Cap Stubbs and Tippie Cartoonist Edwina Dumm Typed Letter Signed12 - Cap Stubbs and Tippie Cartoonist Edwina Dumm Typed Letter Signed
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DUMM, Edwina. (1893-1990) American writer-artist who drew the comic strip Cap Stubbs and Tippie for six decades, also notable as the nation’s...
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Pulitzer Winner Cartoonist Jules Feiffer Autographed Note Signed13 - Pulitzer Winner Cartoonist Jules Feiffer Autographed Note Signed
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FEIFFER, Jules. (1929- ) American syndicated cartoonist, best known for his long-running comic strip entitled Feiffer, also wrote more than 35 books,
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Rare Enzo Ferrari Signed Appunti di storia14 - Rare Enzo Ferrari Signed Appunti di storia
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FERRARI, Enzo. (1898-1988) Signed copy of Carlo Mariani's Appunti di Storia. Shell Italia, 1957. Quarto (6 3/4 x 9 5/8 in., 170 x 245 mm), 185 p...
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American Entrepreneur Marshall Field Typed Letter Signed15 - American Entrepreneur Marshall Field Typed Letter Signed
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FIELD, Marshall. (1834-1906) American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, the extremely successful Chicago-based department st
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Sci-Fi Writer Jack Finney Typed Letter Signed16 - Sci-Fi Writer Jack Finney Typed Letter Signed
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FINNEY, Jack. (1911-1995) American author best known works are science fiction and thrillers, including The Body Snatchers and Time and Again. The for
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Right Around Home Artist Dudley Fisher Autographed Letter Signed17 - Right Around Home Artist Dudley Fisher Autographed Letter Signed
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FISHER, Dudley. (1890-1951) American syndicated newspaper cartoonist, best known for his character “Myrtle” who was introduced in his ...
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Joe Palooka Cartoonist Ham Fisher Typed Letter Signed18 - Joe Palooka Cartoonist Ham Fisher Typed Letter Signed
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FISHER, Ham. (1900-1955) American comic strip writer and cartoonist best known for his popular long-run comic strip Joe Palooka, which was launched in
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Charles Guiteau Photograph19 - Charles Guiteau Photograph
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[GARFIELD, James] GUITEAU, Charles. (1841-1882) American preacher, writer and lawyer who, frustrated in his attempt to secure an ambassadorship, shot
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Charles Guiteau Carte de Visite20 - Charles Guiteau Carte de Visite
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[GARFIELD, James] GUITEAU, Charles. (1841-1882) American preacher, writer and lawyer who, frustrated in his attempt to secure an ambassadorship, shot
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Complete Two Set Volume Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant21 - Complete Two Set Volume Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant
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GRANT, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Volumes I & II. Charles L. Webster & Company, New York, 1885. First edition. Quarto (6 x 9...
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Rare First Edition The Lafayette Flying Corps Signed by Members of the Corps22 - Rare First Edition The Lafayette Flying Corps Signed by Members of the Corps
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HALL, Captain James Norman, Lieut. Charles Bernard Nordhoff. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920. Two volumes. First Edition. Quarto (
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Newspaper Magnate William Randolph Hearst Autograph Letter Signed23 - Newspaper Magnate William Randolph Hearst Autograph Letter Signed
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HEARST, William Randolph. (1863-1951) American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and a profound influence on Am...
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William Randolph Hearst Jr. Autograph Letter Signed24 - William Randolph Hearst Jr. Autograph Letter Signed
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HEARST, William Randolph, Jr. (1908-1993) American publisher and the second son of publisher William Randolph Hearst. He became editor-in-chief of Hea
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Rudolf Hess Signed Der Führer25 - Rudolf Hess Signed Der Führer
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HESS, Rudolf Walter Richard. (1894-1987) Deputy Führer to Adolph Hitler from 1933 to 1941. Heiden, Konrad. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 19...
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Vintage Photograph of the LZ 129 Hindenburg26 - Vintage Photograph of the LZ 129 Hindenburg
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The Hindenburg airship was named after Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, who was President of Germany from 1925 to 1934. The LZ 129 Hind
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Smokey Stover Cartoonist Bill Holman Autograph Letter Signed to Burne Hogarth27 - Smokey Stover Cartoonist Bill Holman Autograph Letter Signed to Burne Hogarth
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HOLMAN, Bill. (1903-1987) American cartoonist who drew the classic comic strip Smokey Stover from 1935 until he retired in 1973. Holman signed some st
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Joseph Hooker Civil War Carte de Visite28 - Joseph Hooker Civil War Carte de Visite
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HOOKER, Joseph. (1814-1879) Major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Although he served throughout the war, usually with distinc
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Original Karl Hubenthal Charles Lindbergh Tribute Drawing29 - Original Karl Hubenthal Charles Lindbergh Tribute Drawing
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HUBENTHAL, Karl. (1917-1998) Award-winning American editorial and sports cartoonist who worked for the Los Angeles Examiner, and later, the Herald Exa
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Stonewall Jackson, C.S.A. Carte de Visite30 - Stonewall Jackson, C.S.A. Carte de Visite
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JACKSON, Thomas "Stonewall." (1824-1863) Confederate general during the American Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commande...
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Historical Fiction Writer John Jakes Typed Letter Signed31 - Historical Fiction Writer John Jakes Typed Letter Signed
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JAKES, John William. (1932- ) American writer, best known for American historical fiction. He has used the pen name “Jay Scotland.” Ja...
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Robert E. Lee Carte de Visite Signed by Mildred Lee32 - Robert E. Lee Carte de Visite Signed by Mildred Lee
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LEE, Robert E. (1807-1870) American career military officer and iconic figure of American military leadership, who is best known for having commanded
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Robert E. Lee Carte de Visite as General of the Confederate Army33 - Robert E. Lee Carte de Visite as General of the Confederate Army
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LEE, Robert E. (1807-1870) American career military officer and iconic figure of American military leadership, who is best known for having commanded
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Marvel Icon Stan Lee Autographed Note Signed34 - Marvel Icon Stan Lee Autographed Note Signed
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LEE, Stan. (1922- ) American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairm
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Marvel Icon Stan Lee Autographed Note Signed35 - Marvel Icon Stan Lee Autographed Note Signed
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LEE, Stan. (1922- ) American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, voice actor and former president and chairm
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Anne Morrow & Charles Lindbergh Signed First Edition Listen! the Wind36 - Anne Morrow & Charles Lindbergh Signed First Edition Listen! the Wind
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LINDBERGH, Anne Morrow. Listen! the Wind. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, (1938). First edition. Signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Li
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Anne Morrow & Charles Lindbergh Signed First Edition North to the Orient37 - Anne Morrow & Charles Lindbergh Signed First Edition North to the Orient
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LINDBERGH, Anne Morrow. North to the Orient. Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, (1935). First edition. Signed by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles
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The Spirit of St. Louis First Edition Signed by T. Claude Ryan, Otto Tim & Bud Gurney38 - The Spirit of St. Louis First Edition Signed by T. Claude Ryan, Otto Tim & Bud Gurney
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LINDBERGH, Charles A. The Spirit of St. Louis. New York, Charles Scribner & Sons, 1953. First edition, first printing. Octavo (8 ½ X 5 7/8 ...
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Charles Lindbergh WE Signed Author's Limited First Edition39 - Charles Lindbergh WE Signed Author's Limited First Edition
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LINDBERGH, Charles A. WE. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1927. First edition. Author’s Autograph Edition, Limited to 1,000 copies, of which this is Nu
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Limited Special First Edition MacArthur's Legacy 5LP Box Set40 - Limited Special First Edition MacArthur's Legacy 5LP Box Set
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MACARTHUR, Douglas. (1880-1964) American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the
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Editorial Cartoonist Bill Mauldin Autograph Note Signed with Self Caricature Sketch41 - Editorial Cartoonist Bill Mauldin Autograph Note Signed with Self Caricature Sketch
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MAULDIN, Bill. (1921-2003) American editorial cartoonist who was most famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers, as represented
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Pulitzer Winner & Bringing Up Father Artist George McManus Handwritten Letter42 - Pulitzer Winner & Bringing Up Father Artist George McManus Handwritten Letter
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MCMANUS, George. (1884-1954) American cartoonist best known as the creator of Irish immigrant “Jiggs” and his wife “Maggie,...
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Rare Alan Moore Signed Handwritten Interview Questionnaire about Watchmen43 - Rare Alan Moore Signed Handwritten Interview Questionnaire about Watchmen
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MOORE, Alan. (1953- ) English writer primarily known for his work in comic books, a medium where he has produced series including Watchmen, V for Vend
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Vintage Benito Mussolini Signed Photo44 - Vintage Benito Mussolini Signed Photo
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MUSSOLINI, Benito Amilcare Andrea. (1883-1945) Leader of the National Fascist Party of Italy and Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. S
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Richard Nixon Signed First Edition of The Real War45 - Richard Nixon Signed First Edition of The Real War
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NIXON, Richard. The Real War. Warner Books, (1980). First edition, first printing. Quarto (9 ¼ X 6 ¼ in., 235 X 160 mm). 341 pages. Red cl...
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Frederick Opper Signed Original Rear Cover Print from Puck Magazine, January 16, 188446 - Frederick Opper Signed Original Rear Cover Print from Puck Magazine, January 16, 1884
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OPPER, Frederick Burr. (1857-1937) One of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic ch
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Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, February 6, 188447 - Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, February 6, 1884
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OPPER, Frederick Burr (1857-1937) One of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic cha
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Frederick Opper Signed Original Rear Cover Print from Puck Magazine, February 27, 188448 - Frederick Opper Signed Original Rear Cover Print from Puck Magazine, February 27, 1884
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OPPER, Frederick Burr. (1857-1937) One of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic ch
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Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, March 5, 188449 - Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, March 5, 1884
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OPPER, Frederick Burr. (1857-1937) One of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic ch
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Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, April 23, 188450 - Frederick Opper Signed Original Cover Print from Puck Magazine, April 23, 1884
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OPPER, Frederick Burr. (1857-1937) One of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic ch
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