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1900 Print (One Advantage of Wearing a Wig) from The Clown's Duel

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This humorous print entitled "One Advantage of Wearing a Wig" comes from The Clown's Duel and Other Stories Without Words, published by E.S. Gorham (New York) in about 1900.  These 6 narrative color illustrations show a man with long black hair out in a field catching butterflies. Two Native Americans with hatchets appear behind him and stalk him for his scalp.  The man nets the butterfly, then loses it.  He takes off his hair (a wig) to catch the butterfly, much to the surprise of the Native Americans.  The page measures 9.75" high by 6.625" wide and is a medium-weight tan-colored paper.  The final panel is signed but the signature is not readable.  In very good condition, although due to the acidic content and age of the paper, the page has yellowed, particularly around the edges.