Next in our run of 1913-published cartoon books that could have been received as Christmas gifts by comics fans one hundred years ago, is a rather scarce collection of which we know every copy was given away as Christmas presents. Cartoonist Robert Satterfield’s self-published 50 Cartoons by Satterfield, collecting a selection of Satterfield’s editorial cartoons from 1913, was limited to a run of 150 signed and numbered copies, the entire run of which he distributed for Christmas. As far as I’ve been able to determine, 1913 was the only year Satterfield did this, but the possibility that Satterfield printed such collections in other years, can’t be ruled out. The low print run from the start, means few enough surviving copies have surfaced (plus did so when I was looking), for me to definitively state that only the 1913 edition exists.
Who the gift recipients were, is unknown. But as a purely speculative guess, I would think that Satterfield would have kept numbered edition #1 for himself (I would), plus given a few copies to family and friends, after which the majority of the run was likely distributed to editors of newspapers that published Satterfield’s cartoons.
Some of the cartoons found in the book are also found within the 1913 run of Cartoons Magazine. Nearly all of them involve topics which have been the focus of postings here on Super I.T.C.H. Beneath are a few extracted examples.
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Beneath, Satterfield’s view on then traditional Women’s work.
Above & below, a pair of cartoons that would fit into our annual Back-to-School and College Graduation themes.
Above, Teddy Roosevelt during his hunting trip in South America.
Below, a baseball-themed cartoon from Satterfield, on the 1913 World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics.
Finally, we close our extracts, with the Christmas-themed cartoon that Satterfield used to conclude his book.
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