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    Sale 1998 | Lot 62
    Price Realized: $3,450With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 1998 Lot 62

      Campbell, E. Simms. Just Married. Pen-and-ink cartoon of a pair of newlyweds opening their wedding gifts, the woman showing a surprised expression as her new husband reads the card on one of the gifts, "W-W-Whats this--'To the one and only Mable from the red caps of Grand Central Station!'" 21x10 inches; Signed on the image and with an additional copyright notice bearing Campbell's name; matted and framed. [New York], 1940
      Estimate $1,000-1,500

      Elmer Simms Campbell (1906-1971) was the first African-American cartoonist to break the color line. His cartoons of voluptuous women adorned the pages of Esquire magazine from 1933 until his death. Campbell not only created captioned cartoons for the magazine, but advertisements and vignettes as well. Some issues contain as many as a dozen examples of his work. This cartoon is a rare example of a black woman and man appearing in one of his cartoons.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,450