Group of 23 pen-and-ink satirical cartoons relating to training camp life during the First World War
1917 or 1918
1917 or 1918. NA. Very Good. The illustrations are done by a confident, proficient hand, with a balance of economy and detail. We assume an amateur did these drawings, but they could certainly pass for the work of a professional. The piquancy of the humor is somewhat blunted by our not knowing the officers who are being lampooned, but we can still appreciate the intended gentle levity and esprit, and additionally, the snapshots into the past. While the drawings are cartoons, the people depicted are recognizable types, and the imagery is generally vivid. Here one would scarcely have a sense of the perils that lie ahead for the recruits, and pranks, minor infractions and all around high jinks are very much the rule. The cards generally measure 112 by 138 mm, oblong, (a few are slightly smaller) and they were once mounted in an album, as evidenced by the abrasion the the center of each card's back. The cards are of a heavy stock, with ruled borders and a band of blindstamped veined lines providing something of a frame to each of the images.
(Inventory #: 004684)
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