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Enoch was saying --I'm the sort of man that ought tew have a wife and ain't complete unless I've got one -- I know it's an extry expense alright but I'm lookin' for a new one --the one I had she went and died on me.
Date: 1926
Medium: Ink on illustration board
Dimensions: sheet: 12 15/16 × 12 3/4 in. (32.9 × 32.4 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Fat is Fat, or the Wooing of Amy May," by Ellis Parker Butler, in Success Magazine, March 1926
Credit Line: Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1987
Object Number: 1987-127
About: Ellis Parker Butler specialized in humorous, folksy poetry and stories. Here, Henry Peck illustrates a family group from such a tale, complete with melodramatic tears, a startled portrait, and out-of-date clothes and furniture. Self-identified as "an up-to-date journal of inspiration, encouragement, progress and self-help," Success began publication in 1897. Despite contributors like novelists Theodore Dreiser and Upton Sinclair, along with popular features such as men's and women's fashions, the magazine never achieved a dependable circulation base, especially as its original Horatio-Alger type philosophy went out of style. In 1928, it ceased publication.
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