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Toy pictorial world globe for young children with illustrations by Dave Gerard depicting animals in their native lands. Illustrations include a zebra, giraffe, and hippopotamus in Africa, an elephant in India, a tiger in Asia, reindeer pulling Santa’s sled near the North Pole, and marine animals in the ocean. The alphabet in yellow and red block letters encircles the globe above the equator and the international date line has a line of numbers.
Dave Gerard was a magazine and newspaper cartoonist. A 1931 graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, he was a one of the area cartoonists known as “The Sugar Crick Art School,” of which Country Gentleman editor Arnold Nicholson observed, “Five of the nation’s most prolific, dizzy, well-known creators of comics strips come from the cornfields and elm-shaded villages of Montgomery County.” Gerard worked as a magazine cartoonist from the 1940s through the 1960s, notably for Collier’s, Country Gentleman and The Saturday Evening Post. He also drew the newspaper strips Will-Yum (1953-1966), about a little boy, and Citizen Smith, about an average man dealing with everyday frustrations, which appeared in the Indianapolis Star in the 1970s and 80s. Gerard served as the mayor of Crawfordsville from 1972 to 1976.
Moon-face Circular Cartouche: TOY/ GLOBE/ PICTURES BY/ dave/ GERARD/ Trade Mark Reg./ Copyright by/ THE GEORGE F. CRAM CO., INC./ INDIANAPOLIS 7, IND.
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