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Thursday, February 14, 2013

“Cupid & Crinoline”, Thomas Onwhyn 1858

This year for Valentine’s Day, we present the British fold-out comic strip booklet, Cupid & Crinoline. Published on October 20th, 1858, creator Thomas Onwhyn parodies the impediment to romance that the popular women’s fashion known as a “hoop skirt”, or, “Crinoline”, imposed.

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To complete the story (never mind that it really has no ending), the final panel below comes from the website of rare book dealer David Brass. (My copy does have the final panel — however, I would have had to break the spine of the booklet, to get it to lie flat on my scanner — luckily, David Brass has that panel posted on his website.)

ADDENDUM December 22, 2013: Ian Alcock has pointed out to me, that the reason the above “has no ending”, is because my copy is missing the ending! I am apparently missing the final two panels (as are every other internet visual presentation of this book that I’ve seen, including the David Brass copy I reference above — which is why I had thought my copy was complete…) From Ian, “…some (copies), like yours, do lack the last two (panels). The reason is that the panorama was often pasted to the backboard on the 10th panel, with 1-9 opening to the left and 11/12 opening to the right, so the seem between 10/11 was a weak point where splits occurred. The ending of the story is that in fear of being buried alive, Adolphus fears he must leave Kitty (11), but then Kitty discards her expander and resumes her own lovely figure and Adolphus -and Fido- are happy again.”

Doug Wheeler

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