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KATHLEEN HALE. Mish-Mash [Orlando the Marmalade Cat]. Black and orange crayon. 315x210 mm; 12 1/2x8 3/4 inches, sheet. Two illustrations, one above the other, on a single sheet for a story distributed only to Arab nations during World War II. Signed with initials in the upper right hand corner of the top picture. Matted.
Hale created Orlando the Marmalade Cat in 1938. "Early in the war," she recalled in her autobiography A Slender Reputation (1994), "I had been commissioned to write an Orlando serial ... I invented some further Orlando adventures especially to be translated into Arabic. The cat was called 'Mish-Mash,' which I understood was Arabic for 'apricot,' since marmalade was unknown in those countries. I humbly felt I was contributing in some way to the war effort." A proof of the Arabic text is affixed between the two pictures.