Sale: Set of 2 W W DENSLOW Chi-namel Advertising Postcards Wizard of Oz 1910

$32.00 $28.00

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Here is an unusual set of 2 postcards in the “Chi-namel” series illustrated by Wizard of Oz book illustrator W W Denslow. They picture a bevy of stereotypical Chinese children painting houses with “Chi-namel” paint or stain–with cringeworthy captions such as “The Chi-namel Chinks have worked wonders with the porch and lawn furniture of this town…” One of the two postcards is signed with Denslow’s trademark hippocampus (seahorse), and the other is clearly by Denslow as well. Circa 1910 based on postmarks I’ve seen. (Later Chi-namel postcards/advertising changed the style.) A very colorful and interesting pair!

The back of the cards are unused. In good condition with light wear.

These early cards don’t show up often. This advertising gig by Denslow is mentioned in the corrections/additions to the Greene/Hearn Bibliography on WW Denslow that were published in the Autumn 1980 Baum Bugle.