Vintage Ephemera: Fun and Nonsense by Willard Bonte (1904)

Fun and Nonsense by Willard Bonte (1904)

I’ve always been a lover of anthropomorphic art, so when I found this old children’s book from 1904 on the internet I was pretty jazzed. It’s called Fun and Nonsense, and was written by Willard Bonte. I know nothing of Mr. Bonte, and Wikipedia offers no help, but his contribution to the world of illustrated children’s literature is spectacular indeed.

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Fun and Nonsense by Willard Bonte (1904)

Fun and Nonsense by Willard Bonte (1904)

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Introduction
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The Barber
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The Refusal
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A Hopeless Case
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The Greenhorn
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Old Mr. Match
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Thoughts Unstrung
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The Miser
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Dr. Key’s Answer
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The Chase
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A Rising Doctor
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The Sailor Bold
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Overheard in the Corn-Field
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Twins
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A Sharp Lover
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The Greedy Little Pitchers
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Obliging Mr. Hammer
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The Malicious Brush
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The Wise Pen
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Fin

(Images obtained from the International Children’s Digital Library.)