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George Mann Shellhase collection, 1917-1918

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#2036
Bib ID 15320994 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Shellhase, George, 1895-1988
Title George Mann Shellhase collection, 1917-1918
Physical Description 0.10 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder in a Mapcase drawer)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Description

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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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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.

Accruals

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Subject Headings

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cartoons (humorous images) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Content Description

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.

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Cards



Mapcase 15-K-7 "Crushing The Villain" (origininal cartoon)


Mapcase 15-K-7 Post Card to Ester Meyers (heavily illustrated), 14 September 1917

("Hello Ester - Spending the winter in France. Having a nice time, no kidding.")


Mapcase 15-K-7 Post Card with two cartoons: "Hanging Bill on the sour apple tree" and "Morris disguised as an anarchist carrying out his unique idea"


Mapcase 15-K-7 George M. Shellhase promotional card

(Shows Shellhase at an eisel working on a Christman cartoon)

Letters


Mapcase 15-K-7 ALS to Esther Meyers (fragment), 1 December 1918

Very fragile

(On American Red Cross stationary, with his illustration of a field hospital in action)

("All I think about these days is on getting home & indulging in reunions")


Mapcase 15-K-7 ALS to Esther Meyers (fragment). Numbered "2"

Very fragile

(On American Red Cross stationary)


Mapcase 15-K-7 ALS to Esther Meyers (fragment). Numbered "3"

Very fragile

(On American Red Cross stationary)


Mapcase 15-K-7 Fragment: begins ;"left with the 2 children" and closing signature

Very fragile


Mapcase 15-K-7 Fragment: "As the result of the Colonel's conference . . ."

Very fragile


Mapcase 15-K-7 Fragment: "remaining unattached - though they were all at the Ball . . ."

Very fragile


Mapcase 15-K-7 Fragment: "I am deeply sorry for her . . ."

Very fragile


Mapcase 15-K-7 ALS (fragment) to Ester, 31 January 19--

Very fragile

("About time I wrote you")

(on American Expeditionary Forces stationary)