Saturday 4 March 2017

J. Wellington Wimpy [Episode #217]

Today’s vintage postcard comes with a J. Wellington Wimpy mystery. The postage stamp featuring King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy is very similar to yesterday’s from 1900 Rome with the 1896 image of King Umberto I and can be definitively dated to between 1901 and 1926.

This is also concurrent with an undivided back postcard, a style that ended in the first decade of the 20th century. However “Thimble Theatre”, the comic strip that gave birth to Popeye and Wimpy, wasn’t created by E. C. Segar until 1934. This means that this stamped image of J. Wellington Wimpy could only have been added by the mysterious at least 10 to 110 years after the card was originally mailed!

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