Tuesday, October 21, 2008

BOWMAN: PRESIDENTS 1952 - 36-CARD COMPLETE SET - PLUS WRAPPERS AND SOME BACKS FROM 1956 TOPPS RE-ISSUE - SET DESCRIPTION

I am not a fan of the kind of patriotic images contained in this set, but some of the artwork is striking. The cards are an interesting reflection of 1950s' American attitudes. The descriptions on the card backs might well have come from fifth-grade American history books of the time, finding merit in every president when in fact a number were poor figures and even scoundrels. But, of course, it was kids in the fifth grade buying the cards. The Topps Company bought Bowman in 1956, and it re-issued these cards, originally published in 1952, in 1956 with new graphics on the backs although the same words. Bowman tended generally to issue small set, perhaps in effort to reduce risk. This one however is extremely small at 36 cards. Also as was often the case with Bowman, the backs of the cards are extremely plain.


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