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    New Items Are Here and The Yellow Kid

    Pick any movie about hidden treasure and the build-up of suspense is all the same – Indie had it in Raiders. Most of us as kids even had it digging in our back yards. The feeling that you want to know, down to your bones – what is behind the wall or below the ground.  You want to know what treasure is out there only for you….

    Okay, maybe that’s a little on the dramatic side but that’s how we all feel here when a new container comes in from one of our buying trips.  We just finished unloading the 53 foot long container yesterday. It was completely full with great architectural materials including a BIG assortment of industrial items. We have a very large selection of industrial table legs and foundry pieces and a good number of modern pieces too.

    Brimfield 2010 Truck Side Doors Open

    One of the items I was able to get a photo of  is this really, really cool sign that reads, ” The Yellow Kid.”  The opposite side of the sign reads “Poor Mans Friend.”  The sign is zinc and as you can tell with the Poor Mans side, originally had milk glass behind the letters.

    Brimfield2010 The Yellow Kid

    Brimfield2010 Poor Mans Friend

    I found a website that had a little history on The Yellow Kid since the stories are a little before my time. This is from Learn NC, from the UNC School of Education.

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    “The Yellow Kid was the lead character in Richard F. Outcault’s 1890s comic strip Hogan’s Alley, one of the first Sunday supplement comic strips in an American newspaper The Yellow Kid was a bald, snaggle-toothed child with a goofy grin in a yellow nightshirt who hung around in a ghetto alley filled with equally odd characters, mostly other children. Instead of speaking, the kid wore his words on his shirt in a satire of advertising billboards. His bald head suggested that it had been recently shaved to get rid of lice, as was common in ghettos at the time.”

    And from Virtue Magazine’s online blog I was able to find this:

    “After Outcault started working for Hearst’s Journal, Pulitzer hired a man named George Lukz to take over drawing Hogan’s Alley at the World. As a result, for the next year two different versions of the Yellow Kid competed in the two newspapers, which each paper claiming to have the genuine strip. The phrase “yellow journalism” (when sensationalism, profiteering, and in some cases propaganda and jingoism take dominance over factual reporting in news media) originates from this battle over the Yellow Kid.”

    That is your history lesson for today!