Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Barbara Shermund's Native Islanders

Barbara Shermund's original color cartoon art of native islanders bidding farewell to American servicemen would seem to date from the end of World War II. The gag depicts the markedly differing reactions of the native men and women to the troop withdrawal. The bereft native women exhibit an obvious preference for the servicemen. No doubt this alone would be politically incorrect by today's standards. Even more incorrect, the women appear to have become somewhat westernized in makeup and dress while the men certainly have not. Most disturbing, the women also seem to have lighter skin tones and more caucasian features than the men. Oh dear, what sort of a cartoon is this?

The cartoon may have been published in Esquire. In 2008, it was given an estimate of $700 to $900 on iGavel, but it received no bids. Last month it resurfaced on eBay where it sold for $305.

Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?

Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?

Barbara Shermund's signature

Back of frame

Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?

Detail

EBay Listing Ended March 23, 2015

EBay Item Description
EBay Bid History
Two bids were placed four seconds from the auction's close



Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?
An unsuccessful attempt was made to sell this original art back in 2008 on iGavel:
Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?


Barbara Shermund, "Boy!  There goes the last of those service men."
Original art.  Esquire?


Detail

Detail

Caption

Barbara Shermund's signature

Detail

Back of frame

IGavel Auctions 1/31/2008
IGavel Auctions 1/31/2008

Note:  There's more to see by Barbara Shermund on the old blog.

Furthermore, this blog has other examples of original cartoon art.

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