1941 R158 Home Defense Original Card Artwork #104

Sold For: $411

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1629

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Original artwork to key card #104 from Gum, Inc.'s Uncle Sam's Home Defense series, entitled "Enlisting Home Guard." This is the original artwork to the "signature" card in the Home Defense series, featuring a father and his two children entering the volunteer Civilian Home Guard Reserve Corps enlistment station (as the back of the card states, capturing the theme of this wartime set, "all eager to do their bit for their country"). The R158 Uncle Sam's Home Defense set is an extension of the R157 Uncle Sam series (#97-144). This is the actual artwork used to produce the card. The artwork is an ink line drawing on artist's board (8.75 x 10.25 inches). A thin glassine overlay has been neatly colored by Gum, Inc., artists. This overlay served as a color guide for the Gum, Inc., artists and printer. Comic book art of this era was similarly produced by artists in black and white and printed in full color. The original line drawings produced by Gum, Inc., artists were used as templates for a black-and-white line drawing printed card that was then professionally colored in with painstaking detail with colored pencils. These color artworks were then used to create the printed cards. This artwork originates from the estate of Charles H. Steinbacher, who was the art director for the George Moll Advertising Agency, which handled the Gum, Inc., account. Steinbacher is one of the legendary figures in the field of nonsports cards and is best known today for producing the famous Horrors of War set for Gum, Inc., which was first issued in 1938. He is also very well known by collectors for being the source of virtually all original Gum, Inc., artworks. It is not an accident that this is the artwork to a key card in the set. The gentleman who consigned this artwork long ago purchased the entire surviving original artwork archives of Gum, Inc., directly from the family of Gum, Inc., art director Charles H. Steinbacher. Over the years the collection has long been sold, with the exception of a few key museum-caliber examples representing the very best of the entire collection. The glassine overlay has a few minor tears and creases. The artwork is in Excellent condition. Accompanied by an example of the issued card. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800.


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