Shorty and the Count: or the Two Great Unmashed. Commences this week in the Boss Boys’ Paper of the World, the Boys of New York. [illustrated, hand-colored broadside]
“Can such things be, and overcome us like a summer cloud?, spouted the Count”
Unrecorded hand-colored illustrated broadside—large—advertising the humorous short story “Shorty and the Count” first published in 1878 in the 19th century juvenile dime novel series The Boys of New York, A Paper for Young Americans.
The serial—here touted as “the Boss Boys’ Paper of the World”—was published in New York City by noted dime novel publisher Frank Tousey and edited by George G. Small.
Writing under the pseudonym “Peter Pad,” Small was the author of “Shorty and the Count” and many other stories appearing in this and other dime novel series.
The broadside’s large woodcut illustration, highlighted in red and blue, is designed for comic effect: the long-legged “Count” with upswept arm (and red, drunk’s nose) dwarfing the hero “Shorty,” the calm short statured man standing on a platform (again emphasizing his short height) to whom he speaks. The two men stand in the office of a traveling show of “living curiosities,” the show’s route depicted on a wall map in the background.
Description: Shorty and the Count: or the Two Great Unmashed. Commences this week in the Boss Boys’ Paper of the World, the Boys of New York. [illustrated, hand-colored broadside]
[New York: Frank Tousey, 1878]. p. Broadside. 29 x 21¼ inches. Large woodcut illustration (13½ x 20¼ inches), hand-colored in red and blue. Numerous old tape mends on verso at folds and to one lower corner and at several other places; light staining on left and right sides; very good. Displayed in mylar sheet, archival mat.
No copies in OCLC.