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Alfred E Pluribus Unum

before he was Alfred E. Neuman

of Mad Magazine fame

he was…

some kid on a postcard that in the 1950s caught the eye of MAD’s founder Harvey Kurtzman who co-opted him as the magazine’s mascot

and before that, he was…

‘The Original Optimist’ by Harry Stuff – 1914

and before before that, he still didn’t worry…

The ‘It Doesn’t Hurt A Bit’ Boy adorning the 1908 calendar for Antikamnia Chemical Company

and before before before ALL that, he was a NEW boy (who eventually grew into a Neuman!)…

The New Boy—1894

bless you Alfred

 

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