Boston: J. W. Black & Co. Carte De Visite. Photographer's mark on reverse reads "Photographic Artists. / J. W. Black & Co. / 333 Washington Street, / Boston". Narrow strip of light toning at top of the reverse. Very Good. Item #007454
Shillaber created America's first humor magazine, "The Carpet-Bag," in 1851. Although it was only published for two years, Shillaber's efforts were quite significant as he 'discovered' Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), and "The Carpet-Bag" was where Clemens published his first story, "The Dandy Frightening the Squatter." Artemus Ward (Charles Browne) was also first published in "The Carpet-Bag." After the magazine folded, Shillaber created a hit humor sensation when he published, "The Life and Sayings of Mrs. Partington." The book was so popular that Shillaber wrote ten follow-ups and spent the rest of his life on America's performing humor circuit providing readings from his works to sell-out audiences.