Description: American poet and author James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) boldly penned a line “The Golden Age of Now” from one of his poems, and signed this 2 3/8” x 3 3/8” card. Below the stylized script and signature, the card has been dated in another hand: "1900".
Known as the “Hoosier Poet,” Riley became famous for his children’s poems and poetry written in the Hoosier dialect. Riley’s children’s poems were compiled into the book Rhymes of Childhood, which was illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy. He achieved incredible fame and wealth in his lifetime and is best remembered for his contributions toward the creation of a Midwestern cultural identity and to the Golden Age of Indiana Literature.
Condition: Mounting remnants on verso, otherwise very good condition.