I Can't See You

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Text on Button BLIND I CAN'T SEE YOU
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Illustration of a sign-wearing man with a white beard, dark glasses and a yellow hat with black band, with black text and black signature over a blue and white background.

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Quality Tokio Cigarette
Factory No 649
1st Dist. NEW YORK

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Illustrator Rube Goldberg is most known for illustrations of complicated inventions that perform simple tasks. An engineer and inventor, Goldberg also drew several comic series, including Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, and The Weekly Meeting of the Tuesday Women's Club. 

Goldberg was a founding member and first president of the National Cartoonists Society, whose Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year is named after him. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948, and in 1995 was honored with a commemorative stamp as part of the "Comic Strip Classics" series from the U.S. Postal Service.

Hassan and Tokio cigarettes distributed a set of 376 known buttons as premiums with their products. They featured cartoons by artists such as as Rube Goldberg, George McManus, Bud Fisher, Hal Hoffman, and others.


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