|The pictures show views of this Old Unused Boxed Set of Paul Webb Hillbilly Character Advertising Premium Playing Cards. This card deck set comes in its original outer box. Inside is another box that holds the card decks. It has an image of an outhouse with a ''FULL HOUSE'' hanging sign with the Artists name ''PAUL WEBB'' (see third picture below). Inside a 1948 - 1949 mail order catalog is pictured hanging on the inside wooden wall of the outhouse. That paper, opened up, has the name of the company that had given this out as an advertising premium. It reads as follows:|
FITCHBURG AUTO ELECTRIC COMPANY
ELECTRIC MOTOR SERVICE AND REPAIR CO.
There are two colorful decks of cards inside that picture cartoon or comic Hillbilly characters by Artist Paul Webb (see first picture below). The blue deck is opened and appears to be unused. The yellow deck of cards is still sealed in the original cellophane with a United States Internal Revenue Playing Cards stamp (see second picture below). Shown is the Ace of Spades and one of the Joker cards.
The card decks are marked by the manufacturer on the Ace of Spades and on all of the picture side, or backs. The two sides read as follows:
BROWN & BIGELOW
ST. PAUL, MINN.
To judge the sizes the cards themselves measure 2-1/4'' x 3-1/2''. As stated above, the blue deck is opened and appears to be unused. The yellow deck of cards is still sealed in the original cellophane with a United States Internal Revenue Playing Cards stamp. The inner out house box appears to be in mint condition. The plain unmarked outer box is excellent with only a light water spot on the bottom as pictured.
Artist Paul Webb (1902 - 1985) was born in 1902 in Towanda, Pennsylvania. Paul Webb studied in the 1920s at the School of Industrial Arts and the Academy of Fine Art, both in Philadelphia. Later he freelanced magazine cartoons to Life, the New Yorker, Judge, Collier's, and College Humor magazine. Once the Mountain Boys, which Webb created in 1934, became popular, the feature took all the cartoonist's time. His cartoon also in Esquire in the 1940s. In the mid 1960s, he again drew the hillbillies for Columbia Features Syndicate.