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German Book of Brightly Colored Caricature and Rhyme, some racist, with a movable elongating leg
1 German Book of Brightly Colored Caricature and Rhyme, some racist, with a movable elongating leg
Stiff Wraps Very Good Plus 
No title, n.p., n.d. Circa 1930s. (We base the dating on the presence of a hobo -- otherwise, it could easily be from the prior decade.) Narrow 4to. 24 by 12.5 cm, with pull piece of elongating slacks extending length to 43 cm. Unpaginated, 12 pp. Caricatures of a black emcee, a saxophone player, a chinaman, a chef, a captain, a hobo and a wise old man. Notwithstanding the radically different appearance of each of them, they are all wearing the same pants, which can be made absurdly long by pulling a tab in the back -- the same tab works for all the figures. Translating the first four lines of verse, which introduce the work, "Six fellas you find here, all short, pull at their feet, to make them taller." The verse rhymes, and is more graceful, in the original German, needless to say. There is no bibliographic information whatsoever in the booklet, and so we can only speculate as to its origins. We suspect that this might have been produced as a "party favor" for a nightclub or nightclubs and cabarets, both because of the subject matter and the ease by which it can stand upright on a table. Slight bumping to the lower edge of the tab. Otherwise, fine, and incredibly bright. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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2 Moulin Rouge Clown Shaped Card "Souvenir", with movable tongue
NA Very Good 
N.d., 20th century -- this is NOT an antique, but rather, something created in more recent times and probably intended to look like a souvenir from an earlier time. 16 by 11 cm, at the tallest and widest. A vivid bust of a clown, surely based on an actual clown who appeared at the famed Parisian nightclub. When you pull the tin tongue down, it reveals a fully nude woman whose only modesty is perhaps from the draping of her long long hair. The paper toy is made of a thin slab of wood, a thick card, the noted tin, and a cloth ribbon meant for maneuvering the tongue. The two layers, card and wood, were once firmly attached top and bottom, but the top is now loose, and we believe the only safe way to move the tongue is pulling and pushing the metal, which is not difficult, and incurs virtually no loss in the gameness of the metamorphic. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 My Cinema at Home
Sala Game Company Box Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920, possibly slightly earlier, when movies still had a strong novelty element to them. Twelve slides or strips, on six cards, which you run through the windowed frame card just so to animate into motion the sundry comical and/or circus figures. These include a clown and comely female aerialist on a tightrope, a bullfighter, a boy trainer and ramming goats, acrobats, a horse trainer and rearing horses, two fighting chimney sweeps, a man with a hammer and a giant jack in the box, a trick equestrian standing on a horse jumping over a fence, a constable chasing a ne-er do well, a boy and girl seesawing, a puppet and puppeteer, a rearing pony and his hapless mount. The set appears to be complete, with six cards, and two strips per card, plus a separate instruction sheet. The trick producing the sense of motion is produced by the striped window, which interacts with the stripes of the illustrations to create the illusion as one slowly and evenly moves the card through. A few of the cards have cracks or creases, yet they all function just fine, and the box, with light wear, is intact. 
Price: 235.00 USD
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4 [Card] Love Thoughts
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. NA Fine 
An unusual, scarce card shaped like a daisy with six petals that when lifted, reveal short pithy sentiments, and in the center is a chromo image of an angel, or angelic child. N.d., circa 1890. Irregular perimeter shape, but at the widest and tallest, 13 cm across. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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