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At a Glance
Scope and Contents
Two letters (fragmanted) and four postcards, written to Ester Meyers [sic] and sent from France in 1917/1918 by future illustrator and cartoonist George Mann Shellhase. One letter and three postcards are illustrated; the fourth postcard is Shellhase's promotional card.
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This collection is located on site.
Conditions Governing Use
Much of the material is very fragile. Great care must be taken when handling this material.
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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
History / Biographical Note
Geroge Mann Shellhase (1895-1988), who went on to become a successful illustrator and cartoonist, wrote these letters and postcards while a soldier in France during World War I. The letters, written on Red Cross stationery, describe the conditions in France, and Shellhase illustrated them with scenes from the Red Cross hospital.
Shellhase was born in Philadelphia. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Students League in New York. His comic illustrations of American life appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times from the 1940s through the 1960s.