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Alan Eliasen <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 16:15:25 -0700
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On 01/22/2010 12:55 PM, Gregg Camfield wrote:
> There's an iconic sketch of Mark Twain riding a frog in a jump over a
> fence.  Twain's holding his hat in front of him.  The caption reads
> "American Humor."
> I can't remember the source.  Please help.
> Answers off-line to [log in to unmask]

    I'm going to post it here too because this question comes up
repeatedly.  I just answered it last week.

    These are the responses that have been posted to this list:

    "The artist was Frederick Waddy and the image first appeared in the
magazine `Once a Week' for Dec 14, 1872.

    "It was used in the small broadside handbill advertising Twain's
Sandwich Island lecture at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Feb 7, 1873.
(see MT Speaking, p. 650)."

    "There is a good discussion of this image in Frear, MT & Hawaii, pp.

    "Paine included it in his 1912 bio of Twain, misdating it ca. 1866-8
(or late 60s anyway) which has led to it being reproduced several times
since with the incorrect date attached."

   Alan Eliasen
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