"Main Street "   Lot no. 3740

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By Raeburn Van Buren (1891-1987)

1923 (Estimated)
15.25" x 17.50"
Black pen and Paper
Signed Lower Left



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Subject matter features a group of men and women dressed in 1920's attire, gathered on a main street. Original black pen drawing.

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   Born in Pueblo, Colorado, Raeburn L. Van Buren learned his craft in the best of training schools – as a newspaper sketch artist. In his case, he was fortunate to work on the Kansas City Star under an excellent editor, H. Wood. Out of that same bull-pen name came Robert Lambdin, L. L. Balcom and Loran Wilford, all of whom went on to have careers as illustrators in New York. Van Buren spent three-and-a-half years in Kansas City, and at the age of 21, felt he was ready for the big time.

   His newspaper friends, already in New York, introduced him to a number of art editors, and he was soon working alongside them. After his first assignment for Pulp publisher Street & Smith, he went on to The Saturday Evening Post, Liberty, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Collier’s, Esquire, The New Yorker, and other magazines.

   in 1937, the late Al Capp offered to collaborate with him on a comic strip and “Abbie an’ Slats” was born, with Capp doing the writing and Van Buren the drawings. This kept Van Buren on a treadmill of deadlines for many years but built him a loyal and large following until the strip finally folded in 1971. Van Buren was named “Best Cartoonist” in 1958 and elected to the National Cartoonist Society Hall of Fame in 1979.