[Three double-sided Flip Books presenting Six Animated Vignettes featuring Bimbo the Cartoon Dog, Betty Boop’s Boyfriend].
Betty Boop, early American cartoon darling, had a pal named Bimbo
Bimbo, a cartoon dog, made his screen debut in 1930 as the animated star of Fleischer Studios’ Hot Dog. The career of a hot dog could go only one way, and that was up. Bimbo next played Betty Boop’s boyfriend in the popular Talkartoons series, produced from 1929 to 1932.
These three flip or flick books depict six illustration series or separate moving vignettes (two to a book) that show Bimbo, and other frolicking dog-like cartoon characters, at play or engaged in such sports as boxing and baseball. Two of the vignettes, a scene of a character being surprised by a jack-in-the-box and a boxing scene, employ racist caricatures.
Each of these three untitled, vertically-oriented flip books presents two sets of twenty illustrations, one illustration at the top edge and one at the bottom edge of each page. The books present a continually varying series of images which appear to move when the twenty pages of each book are rapidly turned or fanned open from either end.
The comical cartoon animations and the anthropomorphic characters evoke Bimbo’s big-screen antics. Here, in the palm of your hand, you can go to the movies.
Description: [Three double-sided Flip Books presenting Six Animated Vignettes featuring Bimbo the Cartoon Dog, Betty Boop’s Boyfriend].
[Np. c. 1930s]. Three Flip Books.  leaves each, center staple-bound. 4½ x 2 inches. Two illustrations to rectos of each leaf. Near fine.