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"Lee, Judith" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:32:52 +0000
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It *is* a fabulous letter, addressed to Partington— so probably Benjamin Shillaber. Great stuff about the rigors of the platform, and this lovely line: “Humor is too rare to be quarried out by the ton, the demand  is always so great that the supply is sure to glut the market with unripe goods.”

Thanks, Leslie!

Judith Yaross Lee, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor Emerita

School of Communication Studies
Ohio University
Schoonover Center 400
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740-593-4828

My newest book:  Seeing MAD: Essays on MAD Magazine's Humor and Legacy < <> >

On Oct 21, 2020, at 8:42 AM, Leslie MYRICK <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

On the topic of autographs/letters, for anyone working on Josh Billings,
there is a fantastic six-page letter from Oct 1868 for sale by bid, with an
estimate of $100-150 (now at 90).;data=04%7C01%7Cleej%40OHIO.EDU%7C1a2163361ec447f3202408d875beb69a%7Cf3308007477c4a70888934611817c55a%7C0%7C0%7C637388809254505854%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=gfjfH%2FeaMe0w7bL1nzOIiBisWiYWG%2Bwl%2Fhv84tw7B8E%3D&amp;reserved=0

On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 9:22 AM Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

anyone out there looking for that perfect holiday gift for me??

A Mysterious Autograph Hound’s Book Is Up for Auction - The New York Times<

The little book is a relic from the years after the Civil War, when
autograph-crazy Americans collected signatures, a central building block of
identity before fingerprinting, Social Security ...

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Dr. Hal Bush

Professor of English &

Director of the Undergraduate Program

Saint Louis University

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