[np]: [nd; ca. 1950-1985]. First volume: 6” x 9” spiral- bound sketchbook with numerous scrapbook elements. Front cover detached, but present. Else very good. Second volume: 11” x 11 1/2” green photo-album/scrapbook. Generally fine. Item #14265
Collection of sketches, drawings, and cartoons by Lois Pullen of her dog Bozo, created for her longtime best friend, Sue Cappola. Over the years, Lois illustrated every letter she sent to Sue with a cartoon of Bozo. Sue loved the antics of the scrappy dog so much that she clipped each of the drawings from the letters, pasting them first into a sketchbook – already illustrated with Bozo cartoons – Lois had given her as a gift, and later into a larger photo-album/scrapbook. Most of Pullen's Bozo vignettes are essentially single-panel cartoons, endearing and warm if not laugh-out-loud funny, but the artist has a fine eye for character and detail as well as fine a gift for quickly capturing a moment with a line or two of accompanying text. A few multi-panel pieces and an accordion-style fold-out book are also among the illustrations. A treasury of a friendship which spanned over four decades, a wonderful example of folk cartooning, and a reminder of the quickly (and sadly) fading art of letter writing.