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“Hudson’s Men and the Nine Pin Game” inside Aunt Louisa’s Childs Delight. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, ca. 1882. 

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The story “Rip Van Winkle” was published in 1819 by American author Washington Irving. This 1882 edition for children features illustrations by William Momberger where the likeness of Rip is based on the popular American stage actor Joseph Jefferson. Jefferson first played Rip in 1859 and continued to act the part for forty years, becoming completely associated with the role. McLoughlin Brothers capitalized on Jefferson’s fame by using the actor’s likeness (without credit) to tell the story for children.

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