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    1887 G1 Allen & Ginter "Celebrated Indian Chiefs" Advertising Poster. Wow. Yes, a simple 3-letter expression, but the first which comes to mind when one see this stunning feast for the eyes. Produced as a necessity to promote the immensely popular trend of inserting small cards inside the packs of tobacco and cigarettes, these promotional posters have become treasured items by not just non-sport enthusiasts. Serious fine art and Americana collectors passionately pursue these as well. The lithographers craft is on grand display with this 20-5/8" x 29" gem boldly announcing the "The American Indian, Authentic Portraits of 50 Celebrated Indian Chiefs." Every subject in the 50-card N2 set is depicted in full size along with the tools of the hunt and a beautifully illustrated scene of a Native American hunting buffalo to provide for his tribe. We have Allen & Ginter to thank for sponsoring this head-turning testimonial to the highly skilled artisans of the "Linder, Eddy and Clauss, Litho. N. Y." The poster has had some restoration. The reverse clearly shows paper tape sealing small tears the paper. The worst is an 8" line in the lower left which is part separation, part crease. Color re-touching accompanies most of the tape repairs but almost all color additions are limited to the outer gold metallic border. There are other minor edge issues and noticeable corner wear. We mention this for clarity for as bad as it may read the paper is not brittle and if the colors have lost some of their brilliance then this amazing find must have at one time glowed-in-the-dark. A visual treat for the senses.

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    October, 2009
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