Cheer Up

Dwig illustrated series number 176, “Cheer Up,” for Raphael Tuck & Sons. Every card has the guy smoking the cigarette in the upper left and the dog in the lower right.

I only have three cards in this series, and the strangest one I have seen in the entire series is the card to the right. You see the opossum and it looks cute but the caption reads “If your luck is playing ‘possum cut off its tail and say “Bill.”” What on earth does that mean?!

I Googled the phrase but nothing came up. When something is playing possum it is playing dead, so if you’re unlucky… the second half of the saying remains a mystery.

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10 Responses to Cheer Up

  1. krish says:

    wow! very nice………….

  2. Christine says:

    Very interesting. My guess is that the expression was a reference to the guy with the hat, bow tie and cigarette, a reference that everyone at the time must have immediately understood. That’s my best guess anyway.

  3. Susan Vititoe says:

    Have you ever seen one of the “Cheer Up” postcards that says “Never say die unless you’re the undertaker.” It depict the clown shaking hands with an undertaker. I cannot find anything anywhere about it and would like to know its value!


  4. Susan says:

    (It is also DWIG signed.)

  5. Susan says:

    I just looked through part of your site and it’s addictive! Saw some of your war postcards – I have one of Camp Zachary Taylor here in Louisville during WWII.

  6. Susan says:

    I’ll be glad to! What email address? (You have mine – could you send it to me?)

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