This is an original 1885 black and white cover for LIFE magazine illustrated by H. W. McVickar and featuring a humorous cartoon of a street car scene. This September 17, 1885 cover is intricately designed with the classic LIFE motifs of cherub babies, an old angel playing violin, and the plaques reading society, literature, politics, and drama-- illustrated by J. A. Mitchell.
This 126+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging in margins. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. 1/2 inch tear - top. No water damage. This cover has some light writing in the margins and general light blemishes throughout which is common for magazine covers of this age.
Product Type: Original Cover; Black & White / Grayscale
Grade: Very Fine +++
Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 10.5 inches; 20 x 27 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by McVickar, H. W.. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.