The Daily Retro: Gee I Wish I Had A Girl

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The Stars of the Mail Bag

I think it’s
probably relatively
common knowledge
around here,

— that we’re pretty
partial to certain
artists when it comes
to posting our
favorite vintage
postcards..

An artist’s style
and sense of humor
can really
make, or break
a card for us …

Hey, with that,
and a funny theme,
and we’ll always want
the whole set
if there is one.

We don’t care
if it’s a little
bit old-fashioned.

In fact,
we prefer it.

Such it is,
with such great
postcard illustrators
as:

Albert Peter Carmichael
(top),

.

Clare Victor Dwiggins
(better known as Dwig)
(#2),

.

Cobb Shinn
(#3),

.

Larry Smith
(#4) ,

.

Fred Spurgin
(#5),

.

Richard F. Outcault
(#6),

.

William Wallace Denslow,
(#7)

.

Mabel Lucie Atwell,
(#8)

.

George Studdy,
(“Bonzo”)
(#9)

.

Bernhardt Wall,
(known for his
wide-eyed characters)
(#10)

.

Donald McGill,
(the ‘king of saucy
postcards ‘)
(#11)

.

And so many
of these talented
artists did work
in other media
other than postcards —

Denslow,
for instance,
was well known for his
” Wizard Of Oz ” pieces…

George Studdy sold
many millions of books
based on his “Bonzo”
the dog character ….

Outcault did so
many advertising pieces
that he’s remembered
more for “Buster Brown”
than just about
anything else…..

So,
today, as you probably
figured, for our Friday
Mail Bag post,
we wanted to feature
one card from 10 or so
of our favorite
artists who specialized in
witty, comic postcards.

Damn…..

I didn’t even have
room for some of
the other wonderful
artists who did
amazing work in
postcards…

Artists like :

Charles Twelvetrees,

Ellen Clapsaddle,

John Held Jr.
(bottom illustration)

Earl Christy,

et al.

But I promise you
we will catch up on
those very soon….

You bet !

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HOY !!!

 

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Anybody Here Seen Kelly ?

Hiya kids.

(of all ages, but
hopefully over 18)

It’s time for another
one of our rather
irregular-regular
features –
– the vaunted and
well-loved
“Explain A Card” –

wherein we attempt to
expound upon details
which can make the
more obscure vintage
cards in our collection
more interesting or
understandable.

And while I’ll admit we
started out with an easy
one to get the punch line –

— our detail on that card
is that it was drawn by
the famous NY World
Newspaper illustrator
Albert Peter Carmichael,
of whom’s work we are
quite fond around here.

Heck, you might even
find a semi-biography
of him somewhere on
here if you follow the
link, who knows.

The remaining ones
on this post are also
by Albert Carmichael-
-part of a set-
and their shared
punchline might seem
much more arcane
to a viewer of today.

The
“Anybody Here
Seen Kelly?”
expression is an
early 1900’s spin
on a song popular
in British music halls
about the dubious
adventures of a couple
from the Isle of Man
while in London.

( ‘Kelly’ is the
most popular
surname on the
Isle of Man )

It was adapted for
American audiences
in 1909 in the
Broadway musical
“The Jolly Bachelors”…

… and these cards
followed the next year.

The song’s popularity
eventually led to a
hit movie with the
same name starring
the beautiful Bessie Love
and Tom Moore
in 1928.

(It’s been long lost
to modern audiences)

The first two verses
of the song
go like this:

Kelly and his sweetheart
wore a very pleasant smile,
And sent upon a holiday
they went from Mona’s Isle,
They landed safe in London
but alas it’s sad to say,
For Kelly lost his little
girl up Piccadilly way.
She searched for him in vain
and then of course began to fret,
And this is the appeal
she made to everyone she met:

Has anybody here seen Kelly?
K-E-double-L-Y.
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Find him if you can!
He’s as bad as old Antonio,
Left me on my own-ee-o,
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Kelly from the Isle of Man

When it started raining
she exclaimed, “What shall I do?”
For Kelly had her ticket
and her spending money too,
She wandered over London
like a hound upon the scent,
At last she found herself
outside the Houses of Parliament.
She got among the suffragettes
who chained her to the grille,
And soon they heard her
shouting in a voice both
loud and shrill:

Has anybody here seen Kelly?
K-E-double-L-Y.
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Find him if you can!
He’s as bad as old Antonio,
Left me on my own-ee-o,
Has anybody here seen Kelly?
Kelly from the Isle of Man!!

.

As you can see……

Carmichael has created
a series of cards with
this basic theme, and
he’s being quite whimsical
about who Kelly could be,
where he might be
possibly found, and
exactly what he could
be up to.

Apparently, Kelly might
have been demonstrating
the age-old principle that
many men don’t give up
their amateur standing

(bachelorhood) without a
struggle —

and Carmichael has keyed
on this idea to make these
witty albeit-somewhat-dated
cards.

The art is also good fun.

I hope you enjoy them –

and of course, there are
other Carmichael works
in the Muscleheaded
directory you can find
using the search feature.

!!! HOY !!!