Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deer drawing inside a World War II history book

I found a simple pencil drawing of a running deer tucked away inside Volume VI of "Pictorial History of the Second World War," which was published in 1947 by Wm. H. Wise and Co.1

Who drew this? Why was it placed inside this particular book?

The back of the drawing contains five words, written in pen, that serve only to deepen the mystery:

TULIP POLKA
GREEN EYES POLKA


Deer.
Polkas.
And World War II.

What does it all mean?

Search me!2


Footnotes
1. I can't find out for sure if or how Maj. Gen. William H. Wise was associated with this publishing company.
2. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the phrase search me, used as "a verbal shrug of ignorance," was first recorded in 1901.

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