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1936 R39 National Chicle Dare Devils Original Artwork
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
Actual original artwork to card #22, entitled "U.S. Navy Men Choose Death" from the 1936 Dare Devils set issued by National Chicle. The offered original artwork is a spectacular example from this classic 1930s non-sport set. The card illustrates the true story of two U.S. Navy pilots who heroically prevented a disaster at a California fair on July 23, 1936, by choosing to steer their damaged plane away from the crowds of people, and in the process going down with the plane. The pilots, each of whom could have parachuted to safety, can be seen in the artwork desperately trying to direct the plane, with its crumpled wing, away from the tents and the midway of the fair below in the background. As the back of the issued card concludes, "Dare Devils? In the face of sure death they dared to act cooly, see it through, to save the lives of others." The artwork is bright, crisp, clean, and very colorful. An ideal example of original art from this extremely unusual and popular set, with exceptional detail. Like all "Dare Devils" artworks, this example originates from the legendary National Chicle archives find. Dimensions: 4.75 x 5.5 inches. In Near Mint condition. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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