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vetraio50
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Another of the Maude Lankester Collection of Australian Postcards!

An American in Australia! This card is a cartoon card – one of a series of ten cards produced by “The Bulletin” in the early 1900’s. The artist is “Hop” aka Livingston York Yourtee Hopkins, an American cartoonist who worked here in Australia for more than 30 years.

Livingston York Yourtee Hopkins was born in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA in 1846. Hop fought in the American Civil War, having enlisted at the age of 17 as a private soldier (Union side) for the few months that remained. Hop began to be interested in making cartoons for a living in the early 1870s and left a country newspaper office “out west” to accept an offer made at Scribner’s Monthly (the name was afterwards changed to The Century ) in New York. He worked for the Toledo Blade and other magazines, left Scribner’s and set up his own freelance studio at 116 Nassau St and used the pseudonym 'Hop’. He contributed freelance commercial art drawings and cartoons to a wide variety of journals, including Wild Oats, Judge, New York Daily Graphic, various Harper’s magazines – Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and Harper’s Young People – and many others.

So Hop is a famed cartoonist not only here in the Land of Oz. these days on the internet there are those who believe he created the world’s first cartoon strip; however this is disputed by many. “Professor Tigwissel’s Burglar Alarm” was featured in the Graphic where “Hop” worked as its political cartoonist.

Hop had been head hunted in the US by the first editor of the Bulletin William Traill. In 1880 Traill set off to the US to try to find a cartoonist, and a piece of new-fangled technology called the “photo-engraving process”. He came back with Livingstone Hopkins, an established, tub-thumping cartoonist who had photo-engraving equipment and knew how to use it to effect. Hopkins was to stay just 3 years, but remained in Australia until his death in 1927.

The humour in this one does not translate or travel well over time. I'm still at a complete loss at to its topicality. I smell some racism however.

Title: "Australian Post Cards" - 'Bulletin' Series.
Artist: Livingston York Yourtee Hopkins
Publisher: Australia : The Bulletin?.
Series 1. Phil May : ten subjects.
Series 2. "Hop".
Series 3. Australian illustrators : ten subjects.
Year: c.1905
Size: 14.1cm x 9cm (5½" x 3½")

Description: b/w card with cartoon of two neighbors in fez!
" Brown (savagely): Do you know that your chickens came into my yard?
Jones: Yes and I know another thing – they never came out again!”

" Australian Post Cards" - 'Bulletin' Series II. “ Hop “ printed to top right hand corner.

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Dated 21/05/1910
The handwritten text reads:
“Dear Maud, Received(sic) yours & glad to hear from you. You had fearful bush fires up your way. Remember me kindly to all at home, with kind remembrances from home. Yours truly Wm J Rose.

Recipient of letter: Miss Maude Lankester
The postcard is addressed to “Miss Lankester Emu Park, Albury."

Card was used and posted in Melbourne at 4.?? pm on January ??, 1905. It has a one penny red Victorian Postage stamp. It was redirected at Albury on January 25, 1905.

Materials: Paper, Ink.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks mustangT!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks, Phil!
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    These stories of Maude remind me of old Saskatchewan postcards I had of a woman who sent all these postcards of Zealandia, Saskatchewan, which were mostly rare photo postcards around 1912 or so. I hope to show some someday.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I look forward to seeing those cards, Phil! These Bulletin cards are very collectible here. Maude seems to have collected interesting cards. She kept 150 or so cards that a century later reveal something of the times. I had never seen a single collection on offer before so I snapped it up. They have provided me with hours of entertainment.
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Cartoons have been topical recently on CW so I thought I'd put this one up today!
  6. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    Interesting, the Fez Hats! I was in Fez Morocco and thought it was named for the hat! But it isn't. I enjoyed reading about the post card,my dad was born 1913! Makes it even more interesting!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Marty, JayHow, mikelV and to you too Don!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks betweentheLens and Alfredo, Justanovice and Ted Straub too!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Amber and BlunderBuss too!
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    What a great postcard:) love this very very much::)
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hey, thank you for the L gargoylecollector, musikchoo, Geno and SEAN too for those kind comments, too!
  12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    Your very welcome Kevin :)
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks SEAN & Leah too!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks inky!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks petey!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Manikin!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MattyG!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks pwcollector!
  19. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    how many of these beautiful hand written postcards do you have by Maude Lankester ?
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Over 150 Sean ..... More to come unfortunately!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks cindyjune!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks walksoftly!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks Tonino!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks ATTWOOD!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!

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