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M. B. Parkinson Art Prints "Cupid Awake" and "Cupid Asleep." picture a real little girl named Josephine Anderson. The original portraits were taken by M. B. Parkinson. The copyright was owned by a large printing company, Taber-Prang Co. of Springfield, Mass. But it was the Ohio Art Co. that made the prints popular across the country. Ohio Art of Bryan, Ohio, was founded in 1908. It began as a manufacturer of metal picture frames (today it's best-known for the Etch A Sketch). To increase sales, the company sold the frames with pictures. Among them were the cupids.The photographer, M.B. Parkinson, worked in the New York City area during the latter part of the 1800s and early 1900s. His young model, Josephine Anderson, was the daughter of a friend, a single mother who worked and sometimes left her child in Parkinson’s care.
Josephine died in the 1970s.
Two Precious Prints: Metal Oval Frames, each Size 5x4,On both Prints in front of reads: Copyright 1897 by M.B.Parkinson,and also on the Shaft and Bow of ea. Print. There are 3 small glass nicks on Cupid awake but does not take away from it's beauty. By taking off the backing for the first time it gives you the copyright by Taber-Prang Co. of Springfield, Mass.- Photo 1, Cupid Awake the photo # 2001, Cupid Asleep Photo 2 #2002.

Cupid awake and Cupid asleep by M.B. Parkinson 1897 JUST REDUCED


  • Materials: metal, print, black and white
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