Blue Coal The Shadow Knows Ink Blotter Advertisement Art

In the bygone days of quill and fountain pens the ink blotter was a common object of every office or writing desk. Made of a soft and absorbent paper, they were designed to dry up excess ink while writing.  In the 1950s, with the introduction of ballpoint pins, ink blotters quietly vanished from general use. However, surviving ink blotters – those that served a dual purpose as both blotter and advertisement – have become prized by todays collectors. In their heyday of the 1930 and 1940’s, a wide variety of business’ used them to promote their products and services.  From Coca-Cola and Morton’s Salt to Gulf gasoline and the Ford Motor Company, blotters with creative copy and eye-catching artwork were the business cards of their day. This ink blotter, featuring the Golden Age of Radio’s most popular crime fighter, The Shadow, was released by the programs sponsor, Blue Coal. Of the many Shadow blotters released by Blue Coal, this is one of the most visually striking, with the Shadow featured prominently and the blotter itself having overall bright and vibrant colors.  It is in excellent condition, with only very minor wear, and will be shipped with the utmost care.  It measures 3 1/2 by 6 inches.  

Price: $59.99