The Negro Travelers’ Green Book: 1959 facsimile edition

This is the Green Book movie fans want – to African-American motorists the Negro Motorist Green Book (which had by 1959 switched titles to the Negro Travelers’ Green Book) was essential to safe driving in the legally-segregated nation under the Jim Crow laws. The annual publication listed hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other businesses willing to take Black customers, and in doing so let drivers navigate the US. Started by mailman Victor Hugo Green in 1936, by 1959 the acclaimed series was edited and published by Victor’s wife Alma D. Green (Victor would die the following year.)

/The book provides a state-by-state and city-by-city listing of businesses, including advertisements from proprietors reaching out to Black customers. Some of these were long-running, storied establishments, like the Booker T. Washington Hotel in San Francisco, where in its lounge you might run into W.E.B. Du Bois, Nat King Cole, or the Harlem Globetrotters; others were nothing more than a spare room in private home, the AirBNB of its day. All of them made life under the harshness of Jim Crow a little more livable. The 1959 edition, with the gentle warning “Carry your Green Book with you… you may need it” on the cover and promising “Assured Protection for the Negro Traveler” inside, comes from a period when the guide wasn’t running the travelogues and articles that augmented other years, and is basically wall-to-wall listings and ads, but for a one-page guide on “How to Guard Your Home During the Vacation Season.”

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949996034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996036
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches

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The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1949 facsimile edition

In the 1940s, Americans open roads were a magical and inviting opportunity… for white people. People of color, however, were barred from many of the hotels, restaurants, and even gas stations that made travel possible and convenient. In the face of this, mailman Victor H. Green started publishing The Negro Motorist Green Book, a listing of establishments willing to serve African-American customers. It not only made the Jim Crow-era roads navigable for the Black traveler, it created business opportunities for Black entrepreneurs, as they knew that if they created hotels for Black customers, they had a route to let potential customers know.

In addition to the travel listings and ads that Black travelers relied on, the 1949 edition includes an introduction by Victor H. Green, an article by the Esso service stations’ special representative to the Black community on how the Green Book helps solves travel problems, a brief look at the 1949 Fords, a guide to what to see in Chicago, an article on the Black-owned and -operated town of Robbins, Illinois, and a travel guide to Bermuda.

The New York Times called the Green Book a “beacon for Black travelers.” The Washington Post said it was “a game changer.” Newsweek referred to it as “practical scripture” that “saved Black lives on the road.

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1949996026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996029
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches

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The Little Friar

Meet Little Friar – the problem child of the monastery. He says his prayers between shooting marbles and eating ice cream cones. He smears his sandals with shoe polish and rollerskates through the halls. Bane of the cook, Little Friar wants to be as wide as he is tall. He feeds fish instead of catching them and pushes cheese through mouse holes. Under his robes he wears jazzy shorts; on his head there really should be a halo. Friends of animals and children and fun, Little Friar will delight everyone from eight to eighty.

The Little Friar is a kindly, big-hearted, largely silent soul who is inspired by the world and his love for it. Golden Age cartoonist Hal Sherman (co-creator of the Star-Spangled Kid) provides over a hundred and twenty amusing cartoons,

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • SBN-10: 1949996018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches

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Catholic Christmas Cartoons

It’s nuns, funs, and more nuns in this collection of Catholic cartoons from the 1950s and ’60s. Culled from Catholic publications, these cartoons by nine different cartoonists (including National Cartoonists Society award winners Al Kilgore and Frank Evers, and one actual monk) cover Christmas shopping, presents, snow sports, pageants, Christmas dinner, and more, all with a with that will bring an extra dose of joy to the holiday season. A nice little gift, and something to bring out every December or whenever you need a laugh!

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: About Comics (October 23, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 194999600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1949996005
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches

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Father, Dear Father!

Frank Evers is best known for his work on the Op-Ed page of the New York Daily News and other newspapers, which brought him the National Cartoonist Society’s Editorial Cartoon Award in 1979. But decades before, during the “cartoon nunsplosion” of the 1950s, he crafted these dozens of cartoons about the local Roman Catholic priest and the energetic choir boys he oversees.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on White paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404940
ISBN-10: 193640494X
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion

Jeremiah the Friar

Jeremiah the Friar is a monk filled with joy, awe… and a certain awkward lack of incompetence. Frank Evers is best known for his work on the Op-Ed page of the New York Daily News and other newspapers, which brought him the National Cartoonist Society’s Editorial Cartoon Award in 1979. But getting away from the topic of the day, he drew these fun-filled chronicles of this spirited man of the cloth.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on Cream paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404971
ISBN-10: 1936404974
BISAC: Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons
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Little Gabriel

Little Gabriel is the an impish little angel with a devilish sense of humor. These silent cartoon adventures should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.

Al Kilgore, winner of the National Cartoonists Society’s Silver T-Square and Special Features Awards, is best known for his work on the Bullwinkle comic strip. His art can also be seen in the About Comics books Convent Belles, Saints Alive! and Monsignor.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on Cream paper
72 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404919
ISBN-10: 1936404915
BISAC: Humor / Form / Comic Strips & Cartoons

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Kilgore’s Catholics

Before his acclaimed work on “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” before he won both the Silver T-Square Award and the Special Features Award from the National Cartoonists Society, Al Kilgore drew a series of cartoon books about the all the characters in the Catholic community around  St. John’s Parochial School. The nuns, the priest, the monsignor, the young troublemakers and more all conspire to delight and amuse you. Here for the first time under one cover is the entire series, originally published in the books Convent Belles, Saints Alive!, and Monsignor.

List Price: $14.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on White paper
240 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404957
ISBN-10: 1936404958
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion
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Monsignor

In Monsignor, Margaret Carroll, Jerry McCue, and Al Kilgore focus in on a little prelate with a big spirit and very human struggles. Set in the same Catholic community as Convent Belles and Saints Alive!, these cartoons may delight your heart.
List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on White paper
84 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404933
ISBN-10: 1936404931
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion
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Saints Alive!

In Saints Alive!, Margaret Carroll, Jerry McCue, and Al Kilgore turn their humor to one Catholic community, its school with its delinquent student, its clergy with their joys and their foibles. For more in this little world, see Convent Belles and Monsignor, or get all three books in one in Kilgore’s Catholics.

List Price: $7.99
5.5″ x 8.5″
Black & White on White paper
84 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1936404926
ISBN-10: 1936404923
BISAC: Humor / Topic / Religion

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