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Stahl, Ben

Price: $2,750.00

Description:  SEVEN illustrations...

Comment: During the 1940's The Post often ran pieces of serialized fiction… I've not done an intense analysis of the phenomenon but my inclination is to think that there was a specific reason for it… or maybe that it simply fit well with the following observation. Seialized stories were easily expanded or contracted to take up the right amount of pages in the magazine. During World War II particularly, there was often breaking news from the front that demanded space in the magazine… particularly since, as a weekly, The Post had to compete for readers with the daily newspaper. This is not the full suite of pictures for the serialized story… great examples though of Stahl's story-telling abilities. They are not in order in terms of the story… I shamelessly put my favorite first.

Price: $2,750 for the group (+ $100 domestic shipping)

or individually as follows:

#1: Backgammon $800 (+ $50 domestic shipping)

#2: Listening at the door $650 (+ $50 domestic shipping)

#3: Woman with smoking gun $ SOLD

#4: Man tied to tree, burning house $400 (+ $50 domestic shipping)

#5: Young woman speaking to older men $400 (+ $50 domestic shipping)

#6: Woman speaking to man at desk $450 (+ $50 domestic shipping)

#7: Older woman and maitre d' $400 (+ $50 domestic shipping)


Artist Ben Stahl (1910-1987)
Condition Vary somewhat… overall very good… subject #1 is cleaned and revarnished to indicated possibilities.
Medium Most are oil on either board or masonite, a couple are ink and pencil on board
Publication Information Serialized story illustrations for “Alias Jane Smith” by Clarence Buddington Kelland appearing in The Saturday Evening Post from September 9th, 1944 to October 28th, 1944.
Signature most either signed or initialed
Size #1: 10.75 x 17.25”, #2: 15 x 7.5”, #3: 16.75 x 8”, #4: 10.5 x 8”, #5: 11 x 7.75”, #6: 10.5 x 15.25”, #7: 7.25 x 7.5”
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