Nancy Cabot had a great love for world travel ideas, exotic places and images from culture out of the main stream. There are other titles from the far and near east, JAPANESE POPPY and CHINESE PUZZLE, or MOORISH MOSAIC, for instance, as well as Native American names, such as NAVAJO, and how about TONGANOXIE!! CHINESE COIN fits right in with that diversity, which may have been what interested Cabot's Chicago Tribune readers as well. |
Traditional Chinese coins are round, like any coin, but they have a square hole in the center. Compare with TRIPLE SQUARE. It is a playful image for Cabot, you can tell when you look at her drawing, illustrated left, how she filled it with circles, poking tiny squares in the centers. Her illustration first appeared in the Tribune on August 19, 1936.
See NANCY CABOT BLOCKS, for more Cabot newspaper clippings at this site. More exotic or world travel titles include:
TOWERS OF CAMELOT
ROAD TO OZ
WONDER OF EGYPT