Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Buster Brown

An antique button picturing Buster Brown and his dog Tige

21-year old dwarf actor, "Master Gabriel" plays the title role of Buster Brown, with George Ali as Tige, in the 1905 Broadway production
Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault who was known for his association with the Brown Shoe Company. (The name "Buster" came either directly or indirectly from the popularity of Buster Keaton, then a child actor in vaudeville.)
This mischievous young boy was loosely based on a boy near Outcault's home in Flushing, New York. His physical appearance, including the pageboy haircut, was utilized by Outcault and later adopted by Buster Brown. The actual boy's name was Granville Hamilton Fisher, son of Charles and Anna Fisher of Flushing. The family subsequently moved to Amityville, New York where Charles Fisher ran a real estate and insurance business on Merrick Road. Granville operated a phonograph and radio sales and repair shop across the street from his father until his sudden death in 1936.
Richard Barker played Buster Brown in the Brown Shoe Company advertising campaign as a small child. There is a book written about Richard Barker and his life as Buster Brown in the advertising campaign. The book about Richard Barker is titled “Buster Brown and the Cowboy”.

“I sorted over a load of corn and put up eight sacks to take to mill and cleaned up some barley to take with it this forenoon.  This afternoon I took it to mill.”

“I husked corn in the barn all day.  Quite cold”


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