Centsprint N0. 137


Centsprints Nº 137 with inscription: ‘See here twenty-four characters, Very different in their nature. Children! to entertain you, they are gathered together. Four times six colored (red and yellow) woodcuts with images of various characters including: A fat man, French soldiers, a market star, a ‘post’ on a snail, a nun, an African, a man who vomits, a hanswurst, a Swedish girl (prepared for your service), a lady in a cage, a Persian teacher, musicians. With funny two-line rhyming captions. Bottom In the two image left signature: Cranendoncq.

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A cents print, is a cheap printed sheet (for sale for a cent), which was issued through door-to-door selling, with pictures and talks. The text could consist of prose or verses. As a precursor to the comic, the pictures and text told a story, for example about saints and heroes, but fairy tales were also sold as a cartoon. The cents prints were not only read, but also read or retold, with the pictures then being shown. For more than three centuries, cents prints served as a newspaper, as an illustrated source of stories or as a cartoon with texts. Those who didn’t have the money for books could always buy a picture for a cent at pedestrians, hawkers or in stores. The cents print shows a representation of fairly rough wood-carving figures (later prints did use wood engravings and lithography) on not very good paper. The pictures are sometimes colored: with some orange or purple red and blue, sometimes supplemented with yellow – random color smears, applied with a coarse brush, thumb print or shifted template. Color printing will become more professional in later time. In addition to prints about all sorts of manners and customs, proverbs, stories from literature from the Middle Ages and the 16th-18th centuries, there are also illustrations about professions and crafts, folk tales, moralistic narratives, children’s games, and topics from the Bible, history, geography , in addition to ABC reading examples, strange people, soldiers, vehicles and famous people. The prints, in which the adventures of the main characters are depicted in 8, 16, 24 or even 48 different scenes, can be regarded as precursors of the comic strip. Although many appear to be aimed at children, it is not know whether they were made specifically for children at the time.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinderprint

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