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    The Gumps Early Production Cel (Paramount, c. 1920). Sidney Smith's comic strip about a middle class family launched on 2/12/17 and ran through 1959. The family consisted of chinless blowhard Andy Gump, his henpecking wife Min, and son Chester (whose adventures were featured in a couple of Big Little Books). It became immensely popular, spawning a series of very early animated black and white cartoon shorts. There was even a series of live action films of their adventures made between 1923 and 1928. William A. Carlson produced and directed these 2-minute cartoons, most were written by Sidney Smith himself. The series was produced only in 1920-21, but with more than 50 cartoons made during this brief period. Here is an extremely rare full-nitrate black and white cel from this series, one of the very few still in existence. The cel is inked #212 and has inked on top "Andy Cleans House." Bottom notes read "Scene from 'The Gumps' animated by Don Austin 1919 1928." A rare document of some of the earliest US animation. Pegholes along top and bottom. Matted with an opening of 11" x 9", framed with Plexiglas for an overall size of 16.5" x 14.5". Frame sold as-is. Considering the vintage, condition is Very Good.

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