George Ade & Gaar Williams WWI poster French Relief Fund Indianapolis Star

Up for auction is a WWI poster titled ROOKIE DEAR. This was published by the French Relief Fund out of Indianapolis Indiana. The drawing is by Gaar Williams and the Poem is by George Ade. The frame this is in has some scratches (see photos) over all this is in GOOD condition for the age. Please see the photos and email me with any questions that you have or if you would like to see additional photos. Thank you for looking and !

Artist History:

Gaar Campbell Williams (December 12, 1880 - June 15, 1935) was a prominent American cartoonist who worked for the Indianapolis News and the Chicago Tribune. His scenes of horse-and-buggy days in small towns of the Victorian era included situations taken from memories of his childhood in his hometown of Richmond, Indiana. Labeled the Hoosier Cartoonist or the James Whitcomb Riley of the Pencil, his cartoon panels captured the flavor of a bygone era to the degree they were deemed worthy of reprinting in the mid-20th century years after his death.

He drew his first cartoons for publication while he was the staff artist for the Richmond High School magazine, Argus. After studies at Cincinnati Art Academy and the Chicago Art Institute, Williams began cartooning in 1904 for the Chicago Daily News, where he stayed for three years. He joined the Indianapolis News in 1909.
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