“Life” Magazine Dive Cartoon by R.G. Russom “Submarine Possibilities” January 1912

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Life Magazine – 1921 – “Submarine Possibilities” Cartoon


Originally a gift presented to Jerry Totten, a lifelong Navy and Commercial Diver by a friend in December 1992.Lithograph:

“Submarine Possibilities”
Dated: from Life Magazine of Jan 4, 1912
Unframed: 7” x 9 ½”                                       Framed: 14” x 16 ¾”
Artist: R.G. Russom

Presented is an amusing reprint of a cartoon titled “Submarine Possibilities” by artist R.G. Russom in the Jan 4th, 1912 edition of Life Magazine. The print was framed and presented to Jerry Totten, a life long Navy and commercial diver whose helmet we sold last year.

An Australian artist living in U.S. named Reginald G. Russom (1877-1952) was a founding member of the Australian Cartoonists Association. There is some dispute about the year he was born, but he was educated at the Sydney Art School and moved to the United States, where he was active as an illustrator of numerous books and also drew cartoons for various publications including Life. The cartoons he drew were often with themes of futuristic mass transportation, often in marine settings. He died in 1952.

This is a wonderful collectible piece that would be a great gift to anyone interested in undersea adventures. It portrays very fanciful ideas about the possibilities of underwater life in a future time.
CONDITION:The lithograph and frame are in perfect condition. There is an indication that a presentation letter was attached to the back of the framed print and has been removed.


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