Smith, Wallace — Sold
Smith, Wallace — Sold
Smith, Wallace — Sold

Smith, Wallace — Sold

Regular price $325.00 Sale

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Wallace Smith (1888-1937)

Hombre and cowboy commiserating at soda bar.

Newspaper cartoon: “Joe Blow”, Chicago American, 1920;

Pen & ink, 4.5 x 7.5" not signed.

Condition: Overall very good: faint surface soiling and staining, archivally matted, not framed.

Notations in margins indicate that this was reproduced 2 columns wide and 2.5 inches tall.

The extraordinary illustrator and writer, who reported on the Pancho Villa-led revolution in Mexico, started a newspaper feature “Joe Blow” (meaning 'average guy') for the Chicago American newspaper in 1920. His notoriety increased with his fantastical Heath-Robinson-esque illustrations for Ben Hecht’s decadent novel “Fantazius Mallare” and the consequent obscenity trial. (see 3rd photo)
We don't have the text for this episode of Joe Blow, but it's clearly a Prohibition joke, when whiskey drinking was outlawed, and the toughest of men only had soda to drink at a bar.


(Entry and authentication by Roger T. Reed)