R. M. BRINKERHOFF - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED 1898 CO-SIGNED BY: MARY A. ANDERSON - HFSID 17709
R.M. BRINKERHOFF and MARY A. ANDERSON A signature and original art from the Little Mary Mixup creator and cartoonist, with a signature from the stage actress on the verso Original art signed:
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R.M. BRINKERHOFF and MARY A. ANDERSON
A signature and original art from the Little Mary Mixup creator and cartoonist, with a signature from the stage actress on the verso
Original art signed: "Hello Uncle/Bim-/To Bim Pond-/With much love/From Little/Mary Mixup-/and R-M- Brinkerhoff/Jan 17", on verso: "Mary Anderson/Burton/1878", in black ink. Anderson signed in 1898. American cartoonist R.M. BRINKERHOFF (1880-1958), born Robert Moore Brinkerhoff, was a political cartoonist at the Blade in Toledo, Ohio and the Cincinnati Leader and Post before becoming an illustrator for the New York Evening World. His sole cartoon, Little Mary Mixup, began in the Evening World in 1917. The cartoon chronicled the adventures of an adorable little girl who never got out of her teens (and yet who managed to fight the Nazis during World War II). Little Mary Mixup ran in just a hundred papers through United Feature Syndicate at its peak, but was published, in comic book or strip form, for four decades until Brinkerhoff's retirement in 1956. His son, Robert Brinkerhoff, Jr., had a comic strip of his own, Hagen, Fagin and O'Toole. MARY A. ANDERSON (1859 -1940) was an American stage actress. A woman of exceptional beauty, she was educated at the all-girl Presentation Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, where she excelled in one subject: reading Shakespeare. Her father sent her to New York for acting lessons at 14 and, in 1875, she made her debut at Macauley's Theatre in Louisville as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. This led to further engagements, scoring popular if not critical acclaim as Our Mary in The Lady of Lyons in New York City in 1877. This was the start of a 12-year string of successes in Europe, especially England, and the United States. These included a successful 1887 production of The Winter's Tale in London, which ran 164 performances. However, she collapsed on stage due to nervous exhaustion during a production of The Winter's Tale in Washington DC. She announced her retirement from acting immediately afterward, with only a few fund-raising performances in England during World War I. Lightly toned, soiled and stained. Signature on verso is lightly smeared. Light show-through on both signatures. Ink stamps. Leaf has been torn neatly from album on left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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