I like this original masterpiece of hand lettering so much that I have it framed over my desk. I found it at an estate sale, and I would love to know the history.
I am so impressed that someone took the time and had the skill to hand letter this beautiful birthday "token", as Mr. Young calls it, to a nine year old boy. He must have loved him very much. I have done some lettering in my time, and I know how much skill and effort and time must have gone into the creation of this. And not only the lettering but the wonderful drawings as well!
I can't image how the family of Clifton Barlow ever let it go, but wherever they are, they can know it is greatly appreciated.