Posted 6 months ago
This "Buster Brown Necktie Party" has become one of my most valuable finds to date. Bought from a friend of mine for a tiny fraction of actual value. Although I am still waiting to obtain a proper appraisal on this game I have shown it to many as many collectors and owners of antique stores and the opinion is this could retail for as much as $1,000. I would be thrilled.
Published by SELCHOW & RIGHTER, New York. And the artist was R.F. Outcault . This game was meant to be played with the person blindfolded and trying to pin the tie on Buster Brown, much like our modern version of "PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY". It is printed on a thin canvas much like a painter would use I assume.
At first look I thought it was damaged where it looks like it had been ripped on the left side. I learned that this is where the neckties were cut from as originally it was all printed on one sheet of canvas.
There were also two papers inside with the game. One a photo copy and the other an article out of a 1981 antiques paper listing the value of this game. I found that information to be a huge bonus. Anytime you can find addition provenance with a particular piece it is a good thing.
I have examined the neckties and Buster and it appears this was rarely used as I can find very few pin holes in either cloth. I would love to hear about any additional information that game collectors have on this game. Thanks for the Interest.
Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault who was known for his association with the Brown Shoe Company. (The name "Buster" came either directly or indirectly from the popularity of Buster Keaton, then a child actor in vaudeville.)
This mischievous young boy was loosely based on a boy near Outcault's home in Flushing, New York. His physical appearance, including the pageboy haircut, was utilized by Outcault and later adopted by Buster Brown. The actual boy's name was Granville Hamilton Fisher, son of Charles and Anna Fisher of Flushing. The family subsequently moved to Amityville, New York where Charles Fisher ran a real estate and insurance business on Merrick Road. Granville operated a phonograph and radio sales and repair shop across the street from his father until his sudden death in 1936.
Richard Barker played Buster Brown in the Brown Shoe Company advertising campaign as a small child. There is a book written about Richard Barker and his life as Buster Brown in the advertising campaign. The book about Richard Barker is titled “Buster Brown and the Cowboy”.