Victory Gum Original Art Captain John D. Halliday
The V for Victory Gum card series was all set to go in the Fall of 1941. The artwork series was drawn by Charles Steinbacher or his team of talented artists. Then came December 7th and Pearl Harbor. The Philadephia based Gum, Inc. company went 24/7 to produce War Gum and the series of V-Gum was put on hold. All of which makes this piece of non-card-produced original artwork all the more remarkable. Focusing on another behind the scenes war hero, this piece shows Captain John D. Halliiday up front. In the background, a rescue at sea off a sinking battle ship. The Steinbacher-team inspired artwork was hand drawn in heavy black ink. The tracing paper, covering the board, has been hand-colored in paint. It was all set to be turned into a finished card...when the Japanese attacked. This piece measures 5 1/2 x 8”. There are some taped tears on the tracing paper and a pencil-written “35.” which was to be the number of the finished card. The artwork was uncovered in 1991 after being locked in the safe of artist Steinbacher. This one-of-kind piece of almost- produced V-Card is now ready for you to rescue!
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