1947 – 48 Famous Americans

1947 - 48 Famous Americans cover

1947 – 48 Famous Americans cover

Simon & Kirby produced 48 Famous Americans as a giveaway for the J. C. Penney department store upon their return from serving in World War Two.

Harry Mendryk reports that Joe Simon produced this whole book in his own and provides some astute analysis on his July 2006 blog entry “Art by Joe Simon, Chapter 10, A History Lesson.”

One note of interest is the book is small – only 5 1/4″ wide by 7 1/2″ high, with the binding stapled at the top.

48 famous Americans included pages devoted to such Civil War figures as Abraham, Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee.

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