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1938 R69 "Horrors of War" Original Artwork to Card #47
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,265.00
Original artwork to card #47 entitled "Fierce Wallega Tribesmen Attack Italian Aces." Gum Inc.'s "Horrors of War" series is perhaps the most famous of all non-sport issues. The sensational and often gruesome artwork of the "Horrors of War" set created a tremendous stir when these cards were issued in 1938, literally putting Gum, Inc. on the map, and setting the stage for many successful years of future card production. It is a miracle that many of the original artworks to this set have survived. All of these artworks originate from the family Charles Steinbacher, the art director for Gum, Inc., and have been scattered to the four corners of the collecting world over the past decade since their discovery. Artwork by its very nature is subjective, but a quick study of the designs of "Horrors of War" will reveal this card to be among the most gruesome of the set. This card pictures an abundance of bloodshed. One Indian with a long sharp spear has completely impaled his rather surprised victim, who is helplessly eyeing the entry point of the spear into his chest. The spear can be seen exiting from his back. The incredibly graphic quality of this horrifying encounter distracts the viewer from the many other equally bloody surrounding battles. This is "strong stuff" for youngsters from any era, especially in 1938. The over-the-top violence of card #47 makes this artwork one of the best of the set, and captures the spirit of what made "Horrors of War" so noteworthy in a manner in which few cards from the set can compare. This is one of the very special "high impact" cards of the set which define the series and explain why "Horrors of War" was so controversial when issued. Like all "Horrors of War" artworks, this artwork measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the exact same size as the issued card, and is executed in watercolor on artist's board. The artwork is in Excellent to Mint condition, with production-related glue stains on the blank reverse. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,265.00
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